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The Associated Press | January 30, 2014

Minot State hires former Minnesota-Mankato head coach Hoffner

MINOT, N.D. — Former Minnesota-Mankato head coach Todd Hoffner is the new head coach at Minot State.

The Minot Daily News and KTOE radio first reported that Hoffner got the job. Minot State spokesman Michael Linnell confirmed the hire to The Associated Press.

Hoffner didn't immediately respond to AP telephone and email requests for comment. He said during a visit to the northern North Dakota campus on Monday that "one of my focuses and goals has been to re-establish myself."

Hoffner, a former University of South Dakota offensive coordinator, spent four seasons as the coach at Minnesota State, from 2008-2012. He compiled a 34-13 record and coached the Mavericks to three Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division championships — in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Minot State plays in the NSIC's North Division.

At Minot State, Hoffner replaces Paul Rudolph, who resigned on Jan. 2 after seven seasons to become the offensive coordinator at North Dakota. More than 100 people applied to succeed him. The other two finalists were Wayne State defensive coordinator Mike Aldrich and Wisconsin-Stevens Point offensive coordinator Aaron Vlcko.

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