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Noah Pauley Leaving UMD, Joining NDSU Football Coaching Staff

WDIO Sports
Created: January 10, 2019 02:53 PM

Duluth, Minn. - Noah Pauley has resigned from his Offensive Coordinator position at UMD to become the wide receivers coach at North Dakota State University. Pauley will begin his duties immediately with the recently-crowned FBS champions.

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"Growing up in Duluth, I fondly remember attending Bulldog games as a child and my excitement when I committed to play for my hometown team as a freshman in 2007", said Pauley on UMD's website. "Two national championships and nine Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference titles later, I'm proud to have upheld the great legacy that is UMD football. The four seasons I played for the Bulldogs and the six seasons spent as a member of the coaching staff have been the most rewarding years of my life."

Pauley has spent 10 of the past 12 seasons with UMD as either a player or coach. He served as the Bulldog's Offensive Coordinator the past three seasons. In 2016, he sat the control of a UMD offense that rolled up the second-most yards (536.7 per game) and sixth most points (45.1 per game -- the second highest figure in program history) of any NCAA II club in the country. His Bulldogs also ranked fourth nationally in third down conversion efficiency (52.2 percent), fourth in first downs (326), 13th in rushing yards (233.4 ypg) and 14th in passing yards (303.3 ypg). All eleven of his starters received some type of All-NSIC recognition that year and 10 did so in each of the following two years. This past fall, the Bulldogs finished 10th in the country in scoring offense (40.8 ppg) and second in time of possession (after ranking third and first, respectively, in that department in 2017 and 2016).

From 2013-14, Pauley was a graduate assistant coach, overseeing UMD's wide receivers. He joined the Bulldog coaching staff as a student assistant in the spring of 2011 -- a few months after he hung up his collegiate spikes. In 47 lifetime outings, the former Duluth Central High School three-sport star hauled in 100 passes (a milestone only 11 other Bulldogs have ever reached) for 1,108 yards and nine touchdowns. He made his final catch as a Bulldog in UMD's NCAA II quarterfinal round victory over Augustana University on Dec. 4, 2010 – and suffered a season-ending clavicle injury that same afternoon, forcing him to take in the national championship game two weeks later from the sidelines. After cutting his collegiate teeth as a true freshman in 2007, Pauley proceeded to pace the Bulldogs in both punt and kick returns the following season when they captured their second NCAA II crown in three years.

"Noah's offensive production on the field as a player and a coach is a small piece of who he is," said UMD Head Coach Curt Wiese in a statement on the school's website. Weise was UMD's offensive coordinator for the final three years of Pauley's playing career. "He's a leader, mentor, father and tremendous person which has allowed him to be a top-level coach. As a head coach, I will always be excited to have assistant coaches develop and advance in our profession. We have all ended up where we are at through an opportunity. His opportunity has surfaced and I wish him the best of luck moving forward."

Besides Pauley, new North Dakota State head coach Matt Entz has announced other additions to his staff.

David Braun is the team's defensive coordinator and safeties coach. He comes to the Bison from Northern Iowa, where in two seasons he served as defensive line coach, run game coordinator, linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

Braun is a graduate of Winona State, where he played defensive line for Entz from 2004-07 and was a graduate assistant for two years.

Entz also named Grant Olson as linebackers coach and Al Blazek as offensive line coach.

Entz, who was the team's defensive coordinator, takes over for Chris Klieman, who left for Kansas State after leading the Bison to their seventh FCS title.

(Contributions from Bob Nygaard, UMD Associate Athletic Director: Communications.)

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