Kansas State names North Dakota State’s Chris Klieman its next football coach

Kansas State names North Dakota State’s Chris Klieman its next football coach

December 11, 2018

Kansas State has named North Dakota state's Chris Klieman its new head coach, the school announced in a press release Monday night. 

Klieman, 51, has only spent one year in his coaching career at the Football Bowl Subdivision level but has a stellar track record in the Football Championship Subdivision, where his teams have won three national titles in the last five years – the first two of those titles coming with future NFL star Carson Wentz under center.

His overall record as head coach with the Bison is 67-6. 

Klieman was a predictable choice for Kansas State, whose athletics director Gene Taylor came from North Dakota State and promoted Klieman into that job previously. 

Klieman will replace Bill Snyder, a Hall of Fame coach who brought the Wildcats to prominence in the 1990s with six top-10 finishes in an eight-year span before retiring in 2005. Snyder came back in 2009 and made eight straight bowl games. He announced his retirement after this season at age 79 amid some health issues and a drop-off in the team's performance, struggling to a 5-7 record. 

"This is an absolute dream job," Klieman said in the press release. "I'm so happy and thrilled to follow a legend in Coach Snyder. I've followed him from afar, went to his camps while playing in Waterloo, Iowa, and played against his Kansas State team when I was at Northern Iowa. The opportunity to follow in an icon's footsteps is something I don't take for granted and don't take lightly. I know I have huge shoes to fill, and I'm excited to carry on his legacy." 

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