Klieman takes over North Dakota State's defense

FCS national champion North Dakota State has promoted defensive backs coach Chris Klieman to defensive coordinator.

He replaces Scottie Hazelton, who has been hired as linebackers coach at Southern California.

Klieman joined the NDSU staff last March and helped the Bison finish 14-1 and win their FCS title. They led the nation in scoring defense at 12.7 points per game.

Prior to NDSU, he coached at Northern Iowa as defensive coordinator, co- defensive coordinator and secondary coach from 2006-10 under head coach Mark Farley and 1991-93 under then-head coach Terry Allen.

His unit finished fourth in the nation in scoring defense (13.2 ppg) in 2009.

The 1991 graduate of Northern Iowa also has coached at Loras College, including the 2005 season as head coach, Missouri State, Kansas and Western Illinois.