Matt Entz to be named next head coach at North Dakota State

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- North Dakota State named Matt Entz the next head football coach of the Bison.

Peter Thamel with Yahoo Sports was the first to report the offer, sources later confirmed to Valley News Live.

Entz came to Fargo in 2014 to be Chris Klieman’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

Under his leadership the Bison defense has led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in scoring defense and ranked in the FCS top five all three years allowing an average of 16 points or less as the Bison won their fourth and fifth straight NCAA national championships and extended their streak of conference titles to six in a row.

Before joining the NDSU staff, Entz was associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Western Illinois, along with three years at Northern Iowa.

Entz replaces Klieman, who was hired Monday, December 10th as the 35th head coach at Kansas State.

"Having watched Matt as the defensive coordinator for the past five years," NDSU Director of Athletics Matt Larsen said in a release, "I knew he possessed the qualities to be the head football coach at North Dakota State: leadership, integrity, toughness, and a sincere appreciation for the history and tradition of Bison football."

"I am unbelievably excited to get going and start the process of becoming the next head football coach at NDSU," Entz said in the release.

"I can't thank President Bresciani and Matt Larsen enough for this opportunity."

"My five years with Coach Klieman have been outstanding on a professional level and a personal level as well," Entz continued. "We'll miss having that day-to-day interaction. But I don't think you'll see any big changes. NDSU has a recipe that has been successful and will continue to be successful into the future."

Entz will be formally introduced Monday due to this week's playoff game and weekend recruiting obligations.

"Great things happen to great people, and I am so happy for the Entz family," Klieman said. "Matt is the right guy for the job. I know the Bison will have unbelievable success. The program is in great hands."