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Scott Nulph, Published February 09 2009

NDSU, Bohl closing in on defensive coordinator

North Dakota State may be on the verge of hiring a defensive coordinator.

NDSU coach Craig Bohl said Monday he interviewed two finalists for the position in the past week – former Wyoming defensive coordinator Mike Breske and current Ohio cornerbacks coach David Brown.

Both of the interviews were second interviews for the candidates.

“We expect an announcement forthcoming in a matter of a week or so,” Bohl said.

Bohl added that he’s right on schedule in terms of hiring the new coach.

“We had some interviews and then we went through the recruiting cycle,” he said. “It’s about right where we are at.”

Breske, who appears to be the frontrunner according to those close to the program, is certainly familiar with NDSU and the area.

He graduated from South Dakota State in 1981 and has spent the past 22 seasons as an assistant coach under Joe Glenn, including 13 years at Northern Colorado when the Bears were part of the now defunct North Central Conference.

Breske has worked the last six years as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at Wyoming under Glenn while also coaching the secondary.

Breske, along with the rest of the Wyoming staff, was released when Glenn was fired last December.

Brown is also no stanger to NDSU. He was the defensive coordinator at Cal Poly for five years prior to taking the Ohio cornerbacks job in 2006.

As defensive coordinator for the Mustangs, he helped with two wins against NDSU, 13-10 in 2004 and 37-6 in 2005.

The NDSU defensive coordinator position came open when Willie Mack Garza resigned in January to take the defensive cooridnator position at New Mexico. He later would move again, to Tennessee as defensive backs coach.