College football: Bulldogs' Pauley joining North Dakota State
Minnesota Duluth offensive coordinator Noah Pauley has resigned his position to become the wide receivers coach at Football Championship Subdivision champion North Dakota State.
Pauley, a Duluth Central graduate who has spent 10 of the past 12 seasons at UMD as a player and coach, has served as offensive coordinator the past three seasons.
"Growing up in Duluth, I fondly remember attending Bulldog games as a child and my excitement when I committed to play for my hometown team as a freshman in 2007," Pauley said in a release. "Two national championships and nine Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference titles later, I'm proud to have upheld the great legacy that is UMD football. The four seasons I played for the Bulldogs and the six seasons spent as a member of the coaching staff have been the most rewarding years of my life. ... Although my time here is coming to an end, I'll always be proud to be a Bulldog."
Pauley played at UMD as a true freshman in 2007, and the wide receiver quickly found a niche returning punts and kicks. In 47 career games, he hauled in 100 passes — a milestone only 11 other Bulldogs have reached — for 1,108 yards and nine touchdowns. He joined the UMD coaching staff as a student assistant in the spring of 2011 and was a graduate assistant from 2013-14.
As offensive coordinator, Pauley helped UMD roll up the second-most yards (536.7 per game) and sixth-most points (45.1 per game — second highest in program history) of any NCAA Division II team in 2016. This past fall, UMD finished 10th in the country in scoring offense (40.8 ppg) and second in time of possession.
At North Dakota State, Pauley is joining a Bison program that has won seven of the last eight FCS titles.
"Noah's offensive production on the field as a player and a coach is a small piece of who he is," UMD coach Curt Wiese said in a release. "He's a leader, mentor, father and tremendous person which has allowed him to be a top-level coach. As a head coach, I will always be excited to have assistant coaches develop and advance in our profession. We have all ended up where we are at through an opportunity. His opportunity has surfaced, and I wish him the best of luck."