- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) - Missouri Valley College offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator Aaron Christensen is the new football coach at Montana State-Northern.

Northern athletic director Christian Oberquell announced the appointment on Wednesday.

Christensen says he plans to bring a physical, disciplined and hard-working team to MSU-Northern.

Christensen has coached in the NAIA for 10 years and has helped Missouri Valley make four consecutive appearances in the NAIA playoffs, including a semifinal appearance in 2012. The Vikings advanced to the quarterfinals this season.

Oberquell says Northern received 62 applications and interviewed four finalists before choosing Christensen.

Christensen takes over for Mark Samson, who resigned in August. The Lights went 3-7 under interim coach Jake Eldridge, who had been the defensive coordinator.

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