VIDEO: Wiese is Nielson's Successor as UMD Coach

By KBJR News 1

December 21, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Curt Wiese has been named the new head football coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD), moving up from his role as offensive coordinator with the Bulldogs under his predecessor, Bob Nielson.

The announcement was made Friday afternoon, just two days after Nielson resigned his coaching duties, along with those of athletic director, to take the head football coaching position at Western Illinois University (WIU).

Wiese has been in charge of the UMD offense the past five seasons, helping guide the Bulldogs in that time to four Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) titles and two NCAA Division II championships.

UMD's offense under Wiese has been one of the highest-scoring in all of Division II, finishing in the nation's top 10 in four of his five seasons with the team.

Wiese has been in charge of 12 All-American players and two Harlon Hill Award finalists, those being quarterback Ted Schlafke and running back Isaac Odim.

Before coming to the Bulldogs program in Feb. 2008, Wiese was the head coach at Marietta College, a Division III school in Ohio. While there, he compiled an overall record of (9-11) across two seasons as head coach.

An official introduction of Wiese as the new head football coach is set for 3:00 p.m. Friday on the UMD campus.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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