Courtesy of Minot State University | AP Photo This undated photo provided by Minot State University shows Byron Thomas, who was named Tuesday, April 15, 2014, as the school's interim head football coach after newly hired coach Todd Hoffner decided to return to Minnesota State, Mankato.
Thomas, who was the team's defensive coordinator, will assume the head coaching duties and lead the Beavers through the final two weeks of spring practice.
Kyndell Harkness | AP Todd Hoffner, former football coach at Minnesota State
, Mankato, tears up as he
talks about getting back to coaching football after being fired more than a year ago, during a news conference Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Minneapolis.
Minot State defensive coordinator Byron Thomas will assume head coaching duties and lead the Beavers through the final two weeks of spring practice, the school said Tuesday night.
Thomas, a native of Palmdale, Calif., who played four seasons at the University of South Dakota, was hired in February by Hoffner, a former offensive coordinator at USD.
Thomas came to Minot State after a year as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Culver-Stockton College in Missouri and one season each at Texas A&M and South Florida.
Along with his
defensive coordinator duties, Thomas
was an integral part of Minot State's
recruiting efforts over the past two months, the school said in a statement.