NIU hires North Dakota State's Polasek as tight ends and fullbacks coach

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Tim Polasek, who helped coach North Dakota State to back-to-back national championships and three playoff appearances in the last three seasons, was named Northern Illinois’ tight ends and fullbacks coach Thursday.

Polasek has spent the past seven seasons at NDSU, where he was also the special teams coordinator for the last three years. The Bison won NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) titles in both 2011 and 2012, and advanced to the quarterfinals in 2010.

Prior to taking over as tight ends/fullbacks coach, Polasek served as running backs coach for the Bison from 2007-2009, where he helped North Dakota State continue a tradition of 1,000-yard rushers that now dates back 10 seasons.

“I am extremely excited to take the next step in my life and in my career at Northern Illinois,” Polasek said. “It’s a great move for me, not only moving up to [FBS], but moving to a championship program like NIU with what they’ve been able to do over the last three years and especially coming off of the Orange Bowl appearance."

Polasek is the fourth new member of the Huskie coaching staff for 2013. Assistant coaches Roy Manning (running backs), Brett Diersen (defensive line) and Thad Ward (wide receivers) have already joined the NIU staff, with one more assistant coach still to be added.

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