Matt Entz was named head football coach at North Dakota State University for the 2019 season after spending five seasons as the NDSU's defensive coordinator. He is the 31st head coach in program history.
This is the first head coaching job for Entz, a 21-year veteran assistant coach with 15 years of experience as a defensive coordinator and eight as an associate head coach in two programs. At NDSU, he’s been part of five Missouri Valley Football Conference championships and four NCAA national championships with the Bison.
“Having watched Matt as the defensive coordinator for the past five years,” said NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen, “I knew he possessed the qualities to be the head football coach at North Dakota State: leadership, integrity, toughness, and a sincere appreciation for the history and tradition of Bison football.”
Entz, who was named the 2018 FCS Coordinator of the Year in his third time as a finalist for the award, has led a Bison defense that allowed less than 14 points per game over his five seasons as the defensive coordinator and consistently ranked in the top five of FCS in scoring defense and total defense.
NDSU had eight FCS All-America honorees on defense the past five seasons, including linebackers MJ Stumpf, Nick DeLuca and Jabril Cox. Two of Entz’s former linebackers, DeLuca and Chris Board, are currently playing in the NFL.
The Missouri Valley Football Conference is familiar territory for Entz. He came to NDSU in January 2014 under head coach Chris Klieman after one season as the associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Western Illinois in 2013, and spent three previous years at Northern Iowa.
He was named defensive line coach in 2010 at Northern Iowa and assumed the defensive coordinator duties at UNI in 2012 after Klieman departed for NDSU.
Entz was the defensive coordinator from 2002 to 2009 at Winona State, where he was promoted to associate head coach in 2003 and was with the defensive line for three years before becoming linebackers coach in 2005. He was named the AFCA Division II Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008.
Prior to that, Entz was the assistant head football coach and linebackers coach at Wayne (Neb.) State from 1999 to 2001 and the defensive coordinator at Illinois College in 1998. He holds certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach during his time at Wayne State.
Entz earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Wartburg College in 1995 and a master's degree in education and exercise science from Wayne (Neb.) State College in 1998.
He and his wife, Brenda, have two sons, Kellen and Konner.