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Chris Klieman - 2012 FCS Coordinator of the Year


FootballScoop is proud to announce that Chris Klieman (North Dakota State) is the 2012 FootballScoop FCS Coordinator of the Year presented by ProGrass.

There were many worthy candidates for this year's FCS Coordinator of the Year honor, but Chris Klieman's defense at North Dakota State was so dominant that there was no other choice for this award.

Klieman has spent two decades in coaching, starting his coaching career at his alma mater, Northern Iowa, in 1991. He made stops at four different destinations before returning to Northern Iowa as the defensive coordinator from 2006-10. His success with the Panthers led him to North Dakota State, where he helped the Bison win the national championship in his first season on the staff. 


North Dakota State rode a strong defense to the 2011 FCS title, and Klieman's unit has found room to improve in their path to defend the title. North Dakota State rides back to the FCS Championship carrying a 13-1 record 

The Bison entered Friday night's semifinal win over Georgia Southern leading FCS in scoring defense (10.8 points per game) and total defense (207.4 yards per game, 3.97 yards per play). In 742 snaps defended, North Dakota State had allowed a total of 19 touchdowns, meaning that opposing offenses had to snap the ball 40 times before they could reach pay dirt. Klieman's defense has held all 14 opponents to 21 points or less and limited seven foes to a touchdown or less, including two shutouts. 

Head coach Craig Bohl added, "Chris has worked with a number of different coaches and there isn't a person in America that has a bad word to say about him. This is a top-shelf top guy, the best of the best."

North Dakota State also leads FCS in pass defense (128.9 yards per game), ranks second in rushing defense (78.5 yards per game, 2.68 yards per carry) and places 12th in pass efficiency defense (5.62 yards per attempt with 9 TDs and 9 INTs). 

There is no defense stingier to move the ball against than North Dakota State, as the Bison lead the country with just 11.3 first downs allowed per game. That number not only leads FCS, but ranks second across the entire NCAA. 

Unsurprisingly, North Dakota State leads FCS on third down, allowing only 41 conversions in 157 attempts (26.1 percent). Entering the semifinal, North Dakota State was pushed into the red zone a FCS-fewest 16 times, permitting only eight touchdowns and four field goals. 

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by ProGrass are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football. The finalists (Klieman, Clint Brown & Jay Bubak - South Dakota State, Doug Ruse - Sam Houston State and Brian Scott - Old Dominion) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. The prior winners selected this year's winners.

Klieman will receive his award and be recognized at an event at the AFCA Convention in January. 

Previous winners of the FCS Coordinator of the Year award are Heishman Northern (Prairie View A&M, 2008), Bob Shoop (William & Mary, 2009), Nick Rapone (Delaware, 2010) and Scott Stoker (Sam Houston State, 2011).


1st Nationally - Total Defense

1st Nationally - First Downs Defense

1st Nationally - Scoring Defense

1st Nationally - Third Downs Defense


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