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Click on the link below to cast your Vote for Bob Nielson, Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year!


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You Could Win an iPad

Apple iPad

Bring your laptop or smart phone to the UMD Stores Computer Corner, lower level, and vote for Bob Nielson for Liberty Mutual's Coach of the Year in NCAA Division II at in the presence of a contest official. You'll be entered in the drawing for the Grand Prize, an Apple iPad. The more times you vote, the more entries you will have in the drawing, and the better your chances are to win the iPad!

Our Grand Prize winner will be announced December 6! You can enter the contest once a day, every day, through December 3; the more you vote, the better chance you have to win! You could win an iPad AND you can help our Duluth Community and UMD win up to $80,000. Voting everyday for Coach Bob Nielson for Liberty Mutual's NCAA Division II Football Coach of the Year could bring $50,000 to Duluth area charities and up to $30,000 to UMD Alumni student scholarships and programs.

Currently Bob is a top contender for the Alumni Rally Award. This award would bring in an additional $10,000 for the UMD Alumni Association. In order to stay competitive, we need to ramp up the vote. The winner is determined by dividing the number of fan votes for each school in each division by the number of eligible voters. December 4 is the last day to get your votes in for the Rally Award contest so please vote every day from every device.

Thank you for supporting Duluth charities, UMD and Bob Nielson for coachoftheyear!

It's EASY to vote every day!

From YouTube video
Watch the Vote for Bob video created by UMD students James Erickson, Jared Woinarowicz, and Zach Finney.

- Go to and click on "Vote Now"

- Type in your email address (just for identification purposes, they won't send you any junk emails)

- Type in Bob Nielson in the coach selection box

- Type in the words you see in the word verification box

- Then, click on "Vote Now" to submit your vote

- A "Thanks For Voting!" message will appear

Thank you for your votes!

Bob Nielson
UMD Head Football Coach Bob Nielson

Bob's Bio

Bob Nielson has always had a knack for putting college football programs back on the winning track. After returning to the UMD sidelines following a four-season hiatus, Nielson proceeded to oversee one of the most impressive one-season turnarounds in NCAA Division II history, taking a club which had gone 4-6 in 2007 and molding it into a national champion. Along the way, his Bulldogs amassed a 15-0 overall mark (only the third NCAA II team to ever accomplish that feat), set or equaled 50 team and individual record, captured the NSIC title by going 10-0 and turned out a whopping nine All-Americans and 17 All-NSIC honorees.

Nielson, who spent five seasons as UMD head coach until stepping down in 2003, officially began his second tour of duty on Jan. 3, 2008, succeeding Kyle “Bubba” Schweigert. Nielson continues to double as UMD’s director of intercollegiate athletics, a position he’s held since the 2003-04 season.

Named the 2008 NCAA II Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly magazine, and NSIC Coach of the Year by the Football Gazette, Nielson owns an impressive 64-21 overall record at UMD. During his first five years with the Bulldogs, Nielson helped take UMD football to new heights. In 2002, for example, his Bulldogs posted their first 11-0 regular season record ever, advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time and captured the NSIC championship.

In 2000, Nielson’s second year in the Twin Ports, the Bulldogs went 7-4 -- their first winning season since 1996 -- while experiencing their greatest one-season improvement to that point (they managed a 3-8 mark the previous fall). The 2002 NSIC Coach of the Year and a runner up for the American Football Monthly magazine NCAA II Coach of the Year award that same year, Nielson joined the UMD staff after experiencing a substantial amount of success at the NCAA III level.

Before coming to UMD, Nielson coached the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire football team from 1995-1998. He served as the head football and director of athletics at his alma mater, Wartburg College, from 1991-1995. Nielson began his head coaching career at Ripon (Wis.) College from 1988-1991. He served as assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Wartburg College from 1981-1988.

Nielson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Wartburg College in 1982 and a Master’s degree in physical education from the University of Northern Iowa six years later. He and his wife, Terri, have three children -- Amanda, and twins Kyle and Kasey -- and reside in Hermantown.


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