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College football: Johnson joins UMD football staff

Nate Johnson has been hired as Minnesota Duluth's defensive secondary coach.

Johnson has spent the past nine seasons coaching at the NCAA Division II and III levels, most recently supervising the safeties the past three years at Central Washington, helping the Wildcats go 11-1. A native of Austin, Minn., Johnson played college football at St. Cloud State, earning second-team all-conference honors as a senior wide receiver in 2008.

Johnson helps replace Greg Bower, who served as UMD's special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach the past five years and is now defensive coordinator at Loras (Iowa) College. UMD coach Curt Wiese said the Bulldogs are still working on how they'll handle special teams duties.