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Calling All Bulldogs to Celebrate the 2013 Coach of the Year!

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Calling All Bulldogs to Celebrate the 2013 Coach of the Year!

On January 6, 2014 at a press conference in Newport Beach, Calif. prior to the BCS National Football Championship, Curt Wiese was named Liberty Mutual’s Division II Coach of the Year. Now its time to celebrate this achievement in Duluth! Please join us on Monday, January 27th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Bulldog Club Lounge, located on the 3rd floor of Malosky Stadium, as Coach Wiese is recognized and the charities he has chosen are honored.

As Coach of the Year, Liberty Mutual will award Coach Wiese $50,000 to support his favorite local non-profit organizations. The five local non-profits he has selected are PAVSA, an organization dedicated to the elimination of sexual violence in Southern St. Louis County; Udac, a state human services organization that offers programs and services to adults with intellectual and physical disabilities; Men as Peacemakers, an anti-violence group that fosters and develops peacemakers through modeling and mentoring; Boys and Girls Club of the Northland; and Peace in Christ Lutheran Church in Hermantown, Minn.

A check for $20,000 will also be presented to the UMD Alumni Association for student scholarship funds and special programming. Since 2006, Liberty Mutual Insurance has provided more than $2 million to support charities and alumni association scholarship funds on behalf of its Coach of the Year winners.

All are invited to attend this celebration in recognizing our 2013 Coach of the Year. Parking is free after 4:15 pm in Pay Lot G off University Drive with the presentation of an invitation postcard. If you did not receive a postcard in the mail, parking is also free in UMD’s maroon lots and in the main pay lot after 5 pm.

Coach Wiese’s first season as head coach of the Bulldogs continued a successful six-year run of double-digit victories and NCAA Division II playoff berths for Minnesota Duluth. The 2013 campaign ended with a loss to the eventual national champions, but not before the Bulldogs amassed 11 wins, their sixth consecutive Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title, and a national ranking of 8th Division II poll.

The Coach of the Year award isn’t only about what happens on the field. It also takes into consideration the work a coach does with his players off the field. Community service is a mainstay of Coach Wiese’s program at UMD. This year, Wiese required each Bulldog to volunteer 10 hours in the spring and an additional hour in the fall, resulting in more than 1,100 total hours of community service by the team throughout Duluth. Coach Wiese and his staff volunteer their time at Goodwill Industries, the Damiano Center soup kitchen, Heritage Center Camps, Habitat for Humanity, local elementary school reading programs, and are also Boys & Girls Club mentors.

Coach Wiese is the second Bulldogs coach to earn the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, joining current Western Illinois University head coach Bob Nielson (2010).

Watch the live announcement of Coach Wises as the Division II 2013 Coach of the Year: