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NDSU Extends Contract of Head Football Coach Chris Klieman Through 2023 Season

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University director of athletics Matt Larsen today announced a two-year contract extension for head football coach Chris Klieman through the 2023 season.

Klieman is entering his eighth year overall and his fifth as the head coach at NDSU.  He has led the Bison to a 54-6 record since 2014 while finishing 7-1 atop the Missouri Valley Football Conference all four years.

“Chris has done an exceptional job in leading our football program on a national level,” Larsen said. “Not only have we won three national championships during his tenure, but our student-athletes are achieving high marks in the classroom and are actively engaged on campus and in the Fargo-Moorhead community. I look forward to working with him and his staff for years to come.”
 
Klieman has been part of all six FCS national championships and seven straight Missouri Valley Football Conference titles since coming to NDSU in 2011 as the defensive backs coach and serving as defensive coordinator in 2012 and 2013.
 
Klieman was voted Bruce Craddock MVFC Coach of the Year in 2017 and he is a three-time finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, presented to the FCS coach of the year.  He was selected to the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees in 2018.

North Dakota State is 33-5 against FCS Top 25 teams under Klieman.  NDSU has had 21 players named to All-America teams, including Buck Buchanan Award-winning defensive end Kyle Emanuel.  Five Bison players have earned CoSIDA Academic All-America® distinction, including NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Wentz.

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