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The Associated Press | January 14, 2014

Lenoir-Rhyne hires shields as coach

Ian Shields Lenoir-Rhyne

HICKORY, N.C. -- Lenoir-Rhyne has hired Army offensive coordinator Ian Shields as its next head coach.

The school announced Shields' hiring Tuesday.

Shields spent the past five seasons in charge of the Black Knights' offense, and was their associate head coach this season. Under Shields, Army led the nation in rushing in both 2011 and '12 and averaged 309.8 yards on the ground this season.

He was the head coach at Eastern Oregon from 2006-07 and takes over a Lenoir-Rhyne program that reached the Division II championship game.

He replaces Mike Houston, who left for The Citadel last week.

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