FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) -- North Dakota State linebackers coach and future head coach Matt Entz was named the 2018 FootballScoop FCS Coordinator of the Year presented by AstroTurf on Thursday, Jan. 3.
Entz, in his fifth season as NDSU’s defensive coordinator, leads a Bison defense that has allowed less than 14 points per game over the past five seasons and has consistently ranked in the top five of FCS in scoring defense and total defense.
NDSU (14-0) is currently second in the nation in scoring defense allowing 11.8 points per game, the fourth best mark in Missouri Valley Football Conference history, and the Bison are fifth in the FCS in total defense allowing 284.4 yards per game.
The Bison defense has limited six of their 14 opponents to single-digit scoring—including a shutout of Colgate in the FCS quarterfinals—and held 10 teams to 14 points or less. NDSU leads the FCS in red zone defense with opponents scoring on only 11 of 22 trips, and the Bison are ninth in third down defense allowing just a 29 percent conversion rate.
Other finalists for the 2018 FCS Coordinator of the Year were Grant Chestnut of Kennesaw State, Scott Gleeson of Princeton, Paul Shaffner of Colgate and Christian Taylor and Jim Jackson of San Diego.
The award winner is selected by previous winners. Current NDSU head coach Chris Klieman, who will be Kansas State’s next head football coach, was the 2012 winner as NDSU's defensive coordinator.
Entz will receive his award and be recognized at an event at the American Football Coaches Association convention in January.