MANHATTAN, Kan — The start of the college football season is months away but there is one guy doing double duty right now. Chris Klieman the brand new head coach at Kansas State is still performing his duties at North Dakota State. It's a school where he's done tremendous things and hoping to parlay that into the "Little Apple."
"We still have work to do, and we have a journey that we are still working on." said Klieman. "We play in a game Friday night. [The players at North Dakota State] gave me their unwavering support."
Klieman holds a 70-13 overall record, and in his 6 seasons as head coach at North Dakota State. His 84.3 winning percentage as a head coach is the third among NCAA divisions.
"With his assistant time and his head coach time, he's been part of six national championships in seven years," said KSU Athletic Director Gene Taylor. "He's won three out of four in his time there as a head coach. I can't tell you how difficult that is to do."
It's his energy level that has the current players looking forward to getting back on the football field. Including former Fort Osage quarterback Skyler Thompson.
"I think the more I'm listening and around this guy he's the perfect fit for K-State," Thompson said. "This fan base should be super excited about this guy."
Klieman said he will also be leaning heavily on Bill Snyder and his family as well as former K-State football players, saying this is one big family and he welcomes all the input from everyone who passes through these doors.