UND defensive coordinator Eric Schmidt has taken a new job at Fresno State.
Schmidt, a former UND linebacker (1997-01), has led the UND defense for all six seasons of the Bubba Schweigert era.
Schmidt joins up at Fresno with Kalen DeBoer, who coached with Schmidt at Southern Illinois.
DeBoer was the head coach at Sioux Falls of the NAIA, when he beat UND in 2009. DeBoer, who was the other finalist at UND when the school hired Schweigert before the 2014 season, has had coaching stops after Sioux Falls at Southern Illinois (offensive coordinator, 2010-13), Eastern Michigan (OC, 2014-16), Fresno State (OC, 2017-18) and Indiana (OC, 2019).
Fresno State hasn't announced Schmidt's role yet, but he's likely a position coach as DeBoer reportedly recently hired William Inge to be his new defensive coordinator.
Schmidt didn't return Herald messages seeking comment Monday.
DeBoer was hired at Fresno State in mid-December. He led the Hoosiers' offense to 443.6 yards per game, which ranked second in the Big Ten.
Fresno State went 4-8 in 2019 and had a 26-14 record in three seasons under Jeff Tedford.
As a player at UND, Schmidt was a team captain and key element of the program's 2001 NCAA Division II national championship.
The Mandan, N.D., native spent six seasons as a position coach on Dale Lennon's staff at Southern Illinois, as well.
UND's 2019 defense averaged 397.6 yards of total defense, which ranked No. 73 in the FCS. The Fighting Hawks gave up 28.5 points per game, which ranked No. 68 in the FCS.
Schmidt's defense was at its best in 2016, when the Hawks won nine games and a Big Sky Conference championship. In that season, UND gave up 91.3 yards per game rushing, which was sixth in the FCS. His defense collected 20 interceptions, which ranked No. 2 in the nation.