Grand Forks, ND (NNCNOW.com) --- Former University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) football coach Kyle "Bubba" Schweigert was officially introduced on Friday morning as the 26th head coach at the University of North Dakota, a job he accepted late Monday night.
It's a homecoming of sorts for Schweigert, who was an assistant coach at North Dakota for 15 seasons between 1989 and 2003. On Friday, he spoke emotionally about his decision to leave that program to come to UMD.
"I never wanted to leave here, but a great group of people gave me an opportunity to coach over at Duluth," Schweigert said. "I'm always appreciative of those people and that university. I had no head coaching experience, and they gave me that opportunity. That was a great four years."
Schweigert led the Bulldogs to a (21-22) overall record in his four seasons with UMD before leaving after the 2007 season to become the defensive coordinator at Southern Illinois, where he had been ever since.