Klieman brings four from NDSU coaching staff to KSU

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Newly-hired Kansas State head football coach Chris Klieman added four members to the Wildcats coaching staff on Saturday.

According to a press release from K-State Athletics, the additions include offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Courtney Messingham, offensive line coach Conor Riley, wide receivers coach Jason Ray and safeties coach Joe Klanderman.

All four are current assistant coaches at North Dakota State, and will be coming to Manhattan following the FCS National Championship.

Messingham is a 29-year coaching veteran who has served as a coordinator at multiple stops, including a stint with Iowa State from 2009-13. His offenses at North Dakota State have ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring offenses both of the past two seasons.

At ISU, Messingham was OC for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, and led the Cyclones to a school record in touchdown passes the first year.

Riley is finishing his sixth season with the Bison. In each of those seasons, NDSU has averaged at least 235 yards per game, including a current mark of 285.9 yards per game in 2018. His offensive line is ranked eighth nationally in fewest sacks allowed this season.

Ray, a former receiver at Missouri, will leave NDSU after his first season with the program, touting a tenth in the nation ranking in passing yards per completion and second in the nation ranking in passing efficiency. His coaching stints include a stop at Oklahoma State from 2013-14 where he coached the receivers and kick returners.

Klanderman is a five-year member of Klieman's staff at North Dakota State, and his defensive backs have helped the Bison rank in the top five in interceptions four times, including a second place national ranking this season. Klanderman came to NDSU after a 12-year stint with Minnesota State where he served as defensive coordinator for seven of those seasons.

Through Dec. 22, Klieman's 2019 K-State football coaching staff includes:

Chris Klieman (Head Coach)
Courtney Messingham (Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends)
Joe Klanderman (Safeties)
Collin Klein (Quarterbacks)
Jason Ray (Wide Receivers)
Conor Riley (Offensive Line)
Blake Seiler (Defensive Line)