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Doeren named head coach at Northern Illinois

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren has been named the head coach at Northern Illinois, it was announced on Monday.

Doeren spent five seasons at Wisconsin, including the past three as defensive coordinator. He joined the UW staff in 2006 and spent his first two season as the Badgers' co-defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator.

This season, the Rose Bowl-bound Badgers rank in the top 30 nationally in rushing, passing, scoring and total defense. The team ranks 22nd in the nation in total defense, yielding 323.5 yards per game.

Last year Doeren guided one of the top defenses in the country as the Badgers finished 10-3. Wisconsin led the Big Ten and ranked fifth in the country in rushing defense, allowing just 88.2 yards per game on the ground.

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema and Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez offered their thoughts on Doeren.

"Northern Illinois is getting not only a great coach, but a great family with Dave's wife, Sara, and their three boys," Bielema said. "Dave was one of my first hires at Wisconsin and he has been one of the major reasons we have had success.

"He has given us five great years of service and has represented Wisconsin football very well in our community and across the country. It was only a matter of time before Dave became a head coach and I wish him all the best in every game next year, but one."

Wisconsin and Northern Illinois are scheduled to play each other next season at Soldier Field in Chicago on Nov. 17.

"I'm pleased for Dave," said Alvarez. "He's a young, energetic and knowledgeable football coach. He's done a tremendous job with our defense here the past five years and he will do a good job for Northern Illinois."

Northern Illinois issued its official announcement on Monday.