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Western Illinois football coach to lead South Dakota

VERMILLION (AP) -- The reigning coach of the year in the Missouri Valley Football Conference has been named the new head coach at the University of South Dakota.

VERMILLION (AP) - The reigning coach of the year in the Missouri Valley Football Conference has been named the new head coach at the University of South Dakota.

Western Illinois coach Bob Nielson will succeed Joe Glenn, who has retired from USD after four seasons. USD planned a Tuesday afternoon news conference to announce Nielson's hiring.

The 56-year-old Neilson has compiled a 186-80-1 record in 23 seasons as a head coach. He's been at Western Illinois the last three seasons. Before that he coached Ripon College, Wartburg College, Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Minnesota Duluth. He led Minnesota Duluth to NCAA Division II national championships in 2008 and 2010, and he was voted Division II coach of the year following both seasons.

Nielson this season led Western Illinois to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

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