UND's Tibesar to join Prince's staff at K-State

Updated: December 7, 2005, 8:02 PM ET
Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- University of North Dakota defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar is leaving to take a job with Kansas State under new Wildcats head coach Ron Prince.

Tibesar was to be officially named as a Kansas State assistant in charge of special teams later this week.

"Tim has done a great job for this program," UND head coach Dale Lennon said. "It was just a matter of time."

Tibesar's departure is the second time in three seasons that UND has lost its defensive coordinator. Two years ago, Bubba Schweigert left the same position to take over the Minnesota Duluth program, which qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs this season.

"Tim is going to be missed," Lennon said. "His loyalty to the program is very deep. But it's exciting for him, and it's a compliment to our program. This is a pretty impressive jump."

Tibesar and Prince, a former Virginia offensive coordinator, both were on the Cornell (N.Y.) University coaching staff in 2000.

Lennon said he will take over the defensive coordinator's role at UND, which he held for years as an assistant. The Sioux head coach also will handle the coaching responsibilities for the team's inside linebackers.

Lennon said Josh Kotelnicki, in his second season as a Sioux assistant, will assume Tibesar's recruiting area.

Tibesar, who was a standout linebacker for the Sioux from 1993-1995, joined the team's coaching staff in 2001. He spent his first three seasons as inside linebackers coach. The past two, he has coordinated the UND defense.

Under Tibesar, UND's defense ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II scoring defense in 2004, allowing 12.2 points per game. This season, UND ranked fifth in scoring defense, allowing an average of 13.2 points.

During the past two seasons, UND's defense ranked No. 1 in North Central Conference total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, pass-efficiency rating and quarterback sacks.

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