Head Football Coach Resigns From WIU

Western Illinois head coach Bob Nielson checks the scoreboard during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota in Minneapolis, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Minnesota beat Western Illinois 29-12. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Western Illinois head coach Bob Nielson checks the scoreboard during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota in Minneapolis, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Minnesota beat Western Illinois 29-12. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Western Illinois University Head Football Coach Bob Nielson resigned Monday morning after recently finishing his third year at Western.

Nielson was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Coach of the Year after leading Western Illinois University football team to a 7-6 record and the second round of the FCS Playoffs.

Interim Athletic Director Matt Tanney said in a press release, “There are many positives around the football program, including the return of a talented, young nucleus of student-athletes and a majority of returners on both sides of the ball.  I intend to move quickly to find the right person to lead our football program at the championship level.”

WIU will hold a press conference Monday at 3 pm regarding their football program.

According to the University of South Dakota website, Athletic Director David Herbster called for a press conference at 1 p.m. Tuesday to announce the hiring of Bob Nielson as the head football coach.