North Dakota State defensive coordinator Matt Entz has been promoted to head coach, replacing Chris Klieman, the school announced Thursday.
Entz a Waterloo native attended West High and coached at UNI. Entz is completing his fifth season as defensive coordinator for the Bison, who face South Dakota State on Friday in the FCS playoff semifinals.
Klieman, who was hired as Kansas State coach earlier this week, is remaining with North Dakota State throughout the postseason as he aims for a fourth national title in five years.
Entz is a three-time finalist for FCS coordinator of the year. His defenses have allowed fewer than 14 points per game in each of the past five seasons.