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Published December 15, 2013, 10:00 AM

Gene Taylor introduces Chris Klieman as new NDSU head football coach

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The North Dakota State University Athletics Department named Chris Klieman the new head football coach of the Bison football program Sunday morning.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, Forum News Service, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The North Dakota State University Athletics Department named Chris Klieman the new head football coach of the Bison football program Sunday morning.

NDSU Athletic Director Gene Taylor made the announcement and introduced Klieman as the football program’s new leader during an 11 a.m. press conference at the FargoDome.

Chris Klieman- New NDSU Head Football Coach: "I've talked to Craig a lot about wanting to be a head coach for some time."

Gene Taylor-NDSU Athletic Director: "In my gut, I said, 'OK, I think he's ready,' and, 'I'm glad this guy is sitting next to me right now.'"

Klieman: "We've got a great program here, and you don't rebuild a program like NDSU... You reload; and that's what we've got to do."

Klieman, 46, has been coaching on the staff of the NDSU football program for three years and is completing his second year as defensive coordinator.

Klieman will replace outgoing head coach Craig Bohl.

Bohl accepted the head coach position at the University of Wyoming last week; however, Bohl will remain head coach of the Bison through the remainder of the 2013 season.

NDSU will be Klieman's second head coaching job. He was the head coach for one season at Division III member Loras College where he went 3-7 in an injury-plagued 2005 season. He had been the defensive coordinator at Loras the previous three seasons and transformed the Duhawks into one of the Iowa Conference's most feared defensive units. Klieman took Loras from ninth in the league in defense to leading the league in rushing defense, passing defense and total defense.

Watch WDAY at 10 p.m. for further details.

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