UMD Bulldogs' head football coach gets 3-year extension

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The top dog with the UMD Bulldogs' football team will remain there awhile longer.

Head coach Curt Wiese has signed a new three-year contract extension that will keep him with the University of Minnesota Duluth through 2017, the school's athletic department announced Wednesday.

"We are extremely pleased that Curt will be running our football program for at least the next four years," said the school's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Josh Berlo, in a statement. "Curt's commitment to our core values embodied by the three 'C's' – competition, classroom and community – was clearly evident in his first season as our head coach. He took over a highly-successful and nationally-recognized program and sustained that level of excellence."

Wiese served as the Bulldogs' offensive coordinator from 2008-2012 – including winning NCAA Division II National Championships in 2008 and 2010.

He took over in December of 2012, following the departure of head coach Bob Nielsen, who left for Western Illinois University.

In Wiese's first year as the top dog, UMD went 11-2 overall with a playoff loss in the second round. But the team took its sixth Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division title, and finished No. 8 in the D-II national rankings. He was named 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award winner for Division II.

The athletic department says Weise was entering the final year of what was originally a two-year contract. The extension will be added on to that current deal.

"My family and I are grateful to UMD Chancellor Lendley Black and Athletic Director Josh Berlo for giving me the opportunity to remain part of the Bulldog family for the foreseeable future," Wiese said in a statement. "I can't say enough about how fortunate our football program is to have such tremendous support from UMD and the community. I look forward to building on the great Bulldog football tradition and bringing home some more national championships."

UMD also announced Tuesday six seniors made the 2014 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society list: defensive end Jordan Bauman, cornerback Chris Blake, punter Alex Brown, running back Jeron Johnson, wide receiver Joe Reichert and wide receiver Austin Selvick.

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