GRAND FORKS, N.D. University of North Dakota director of athletics Brian Faison announced today that head football coach Chris Mussman has received a two-year contract extension. With the extension, Mussman’s contract will run through the 2012 season.

 

“Chris has been an integral part of the Sioux football tradition for the past 10 seasons and I believe he is the right man for the right time to continue to lead Sioux football into the Division I era,” said Faison.

 

“The time-honored success of Sioux football, both on the field and in the classroom, is well documented and we want to continue that level of success,” continued Faison. “Chris did an outstanding job in his first season as head coach and we want to ensure that we have steady and proven leadership throughout the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) process. We also want to be ready to compete at the top level of FCS when that transition process is complete.”

 

Mussman, 40, led the Sioux to a 6-4 record in their first year of a five-year FCS transition. It was the school’s sixth consecutive winning season and 18th in its last 19 seasons. Nine Fighting Sioux were named to the 2008 All-Great West Conference team and four players were named to the 2008 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America team, the latter leading the nation.

 

“I am extremely grateful to both (UND president) Dr. Robert Kelley and Brian Faison for their confidence in us as a program to extend us through the transition into Division I FCS football,” said Mussman. “It shows a lot of confidence in us as a program and we can now move forward as we continue to build for the future.”

 

Mussman was named head coach of the Sioux football program on Jan. 4, 2008 after spending the previous nine seasons on staff as an assistant coach, including the last seven (2001-07) as offensive coordinator. He was promoted to assistant head coach prior to the 2004 season.

 

During his nine seasons as an assistant on the UND staff, the Sioux went 90-24 (.789), won the 2001 NCAA Division II national championship, were the 2003 NCAA DII national runners-up, captured five North Central Conference titles and made five NCAA Division II postseason appearances.

 

UND’s offensive record books are filled with accomplishments achieved during Mussman’s decade on the staff, including 21 offensive school records that were set during his tenure as offensive coordinator. Three of Mussman’s former players Chris Kuper (Denver Broncos), Chad Mustard (Denver Broncos) and Weston Dressler (Saskatchewan Roughriders) are currently playing professional football.

 

Prior to coming to UND in 1999, Mussman spent eight seasons on the staff at Minnesota State University, Mankato. In 1996, Mussman was promoted to assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at MSU after previously serving as the team’s offensive line and tight ends coach.

 

Mussman was a four-year letterwinner and a starting offensive lineman at Iowa State, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1990. He later earned a master’s degree in sports management from MSU.

 

UND’s long history of football success dates back to 1894 and is highlighted by the 2001 national championship, 24 NCC titles and 16 NCAA Division II postseason appearances. Nearly 100 former Fighting Sioux football players have gone on to sign professional contracts or receive professional tryouts and nine former Sioux are currently playing in the National Football League, Canadian Football League and Arena Football2 League.