WACO, Texas (NDSU Athletics) -- North Dakota State first-year head football coach Matt Entz was named FCS Region 4 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Entz, who spent the previous five seasons as North Dakota State's defensive coordinator, inherited a team that lost 24 seniors and 15 full-time starters. He led NDSU to the No. 1 national seed for the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and has a 13-0 record, which is the best start by a first-year coach in NDSU and MVFC history. He is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, presented to the FCS coach of the year.
The Bison have beaten seven Top 25 teams including four on the road, and North Dakota State leads the FCS in scoring defense (12.3) and ranks second nationally in total defense (273.5), second in total offense (488.8) and fourth in scoring offense (39.8).
No. 1-ranked North Dakota State (13-0) hosts 13th-ranked Illinois State (10-4) in the FCS quarterfinals at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, on ESPN.
2019 AFCA FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA Regional Coaches of the Year
Football Championship Subdivision
Region 1: Buddy Teevens, Dartmouth College
Region 2: Kevin Callahan, Monmouth University (N.J.)
Region 3: Mark Hudspeth, Austin Peay State University
Region 4: Matt Entz, North Dakota State University
Region 5: Jay Hill, Weber State University
Region 1: Jim Clements, Kutztown University
Region 2: *Drew Cronic, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Region 3: Jim Svoboda, University of Central Missouri
Region 4: *Todd Knight, Ouachita Baptist University
Region 5: *Todd Hoffner, Minnesota State University
Region 1: Jeff Behrman, Union College (N.Y.)
Region 2: Nate Milne, Muhlenberg College
Region 3: Michael Clark, Bridgewater College (Va.)
Region 4: Peter Stuursma, Hope College
Region 5: Bob Owens, Chapman University
Region 1: Doug Socha, Keiser University
Region 2: *Mark Henninger, Marian University
Region 3: Tom Sallay, Culver-Stockton College &
Myers Hendrickson, Kansas Wesleyan University (tie)
Region 4: *Steve Ryan, Morningside College
Region 5: Mike Nesbitt, Ottawa University-Arizona