MACOMB, Ill. — Former Wartburg College head football coach Bob Nielson is one of three finalists for the head coaching position at Western Illinois.

Nielson, former Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit and current Missouri S&T (the old Missouri-Rolla) head coach David Brown are the finalists.

Nielson coached at Wartburg from 1991-1995 before leaving for Wisconsin-Eau Claire. After three season with Eau Claire, Nielson took over at Division II Minnesota-Duluth in 1998, and in 2002 he led the Bulldogs to their first 11-0 regular season.

He stepped down at UMD to become the school’s athletic director in 2003 only to return to the sidelines in 2008. In the last five years, he’s led the Bulldogs to two national titles, two perfect regular seasons and four Northern Sun Conference titles. Nielson has a career coaching mark of 160-57-1.

Western Illinois director of athletics Tim Van Alstine is expected to make his choice by the end of the week, according to the Quad City Times.

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