North Dakota State has hired Wyoming offensive coordinator Tim Polasek to take over the Bison football program. Polasek was part of North Dakota State’s coaching staff as offensive coordinator from 2014 through 2016.
Polasek began his coaching career with NCAA Division 3 Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 2003 through 2005 where he held numerous assistant coaching positions on offense, defense, and special teams. He became part of the NDSU program in 2006 as a graduate assistant and was made the running backs coach from 2007 through 2011. He served as the special teams coordinator, tight ends coach, and fullbacks coach for the 2012 season.
Polasek moved on to Northern Illinois as the tight ends and fullbacks coach for 2013 but quickly made his way back to Fargo to become the offensive coordinator and running backs coach from 2014 through 2016. The Bison won the FCS National Championship all three years and Polasek jumped back to the FBS to coach the offensive line at Iowa from 2017 through 2020. He spent the previous three seasons from 2021 through 2023 as the offensive coordinator under former NDSU head coach Craig Bohl.
Polasek will look to continue the dynasty in Fargo that emerged in 2011. The Bison won 9 of 11 FCS titles between 2011 and 2021 with the blemishes occurring in 2016 (semifinal loss to James Madison) and 2020 (quarterfinal loss to Sam Houston State). The Bison lost the 2022 FCS National title game to rival South Dakota State 45-21 and lost to Montana this past weekend in the semifinal round 31-29 in double overtime. Polasek will take over from Matt Entz who is leaving to join the USC Trojans as the linebackers coach. Entz went 60-11 overall in five seasons with two national titles.
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