The University of North Dakota director of athletics Brian Faison announced Monday that head football coach Chris Mussman has signed a new three-year contract running through the 2015 season.

"Over the past four years, he has handled all of the many challenges of the Division I transition well, all while maintaining the pride and the team traditions that are so much a part of UND football," Faison said. "I look forward to working with Chris for years to come."

North Dakota officially joined the Big Sky Conference on Sunday. Last season, the Sioux finished with an 8-3 record and a share of the final Great West Conference title.

Mussman and his team enter the 2012 campaign riding a four-game winning streak, which included coming back from a 20-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat rival South Dakota in the regular-season finale. For his efforts, Mussman was named the GWC coach of the year and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, which honors the FCS coach of the year

North Dakota finished the season ranked for the first time at the Division I level at No. 23 in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25. Mussman's career record is 23-20.