Chris Klieman’s initial Kansas State coaching staff is back at full strength.
Klieman named Wyoming’s Scottie Hazelton as his new defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Tuesday after his Ted Monachino, his original hire for the position, left for an assistant job with the NFL’s Chicago Bears.
“I have known Scottie for a long time and couldn’t be more excited for him to be a part of our staff,” Klieman said of Hazelton, who spent the past two seasons as defensive coordinator at Wyoming. “He is one of the top defensive coordinators in the college game right now and has quickly asserted himself as a rising name in our profession.
“His experience at all levels of the game, including at Power Five schools and the NFL, and also his familiarity with our schemes, makes him a great fit for our program.”
In his two seasons at Wyoming, Hazelton’s units ranked among the top 25 nationally in total defense and top 30 in scoring defense. His 2017 defense led the nation in takeaways with 38, while ranking ninth in scoring defense (17.5 points per game) and 23rd in total defense (335.2-yard average).
Klieman and Hazelton coached together at North Dakota State in 2011, when Hazelton was defensive coordinator and Klieman a first-year defensive assistant. Klieman went on to be defensive coordinator and later head coach at NDSU, while Hazelton moved on to become linebackers coach at Southern California in 2012.
After a year at USC, Hazelton spent the 2013 season as defensive coordinator at Nevada, and then served as assistant linebackers coach with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars from 2014-16. At Wyoming, he was reunited with head coach Craig Bohl his former boss at North Dakota State.
Hazelton joined the North Dakota State staff as defensive line coach in 2007 and was promoted to coordinator and linebackers coach in 2010. His 2010 Bison defense ranked seventh nationally in points allowed (18.21) and turnover margin while advancing to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.
In 2011, NDSU led the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 12.7 points per game on the way to a national championship.
Hazelton started his coaching career in 1996 at Fort Lewis College, his alma mater. He coached defensive backs for four seasons and was interim defensive coordinator in 1998.
After Fort Lewis, he was a graduate assistant for two years at NDSU and accepted his first full-time position at St. Olaf College, where he served as recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach from 2002-03.
Hazelton’s next stop was as defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Missouri Southern from 2004-05, and he coached linebackers and special teams at Michigan Tech for one year before joining Bohl’s staff at NDSU.
2019 K-STATE COACHING STAFF
Chris Klieman, head coach
Scottie Hazelton, defensive coordinator/linebackers
Courtney Messingham, offensive coordinator/tight ends
Brian Anderson, running backs
Joe Klanderman, safeties
Collin Klein, quarterbacks
Van Malone, cornerbacks
Jason Ray, wide receivers
Conor Riley, offensive line
Blake Seiler, defensive ends
Mike Tuiasasopo, defensive tackles