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Matt Bowen (left) was all smiles as he accepted a Minnesota-Duluth athletic shirt from UMD athletic director and head football coach Bob Nielson Friday. Bowen, who coached the Bemidji State men's basketball team the past six years, was named UMD's new coach Friday. Clint Austin | Forum Communications Co.

Bowen leaves Bemidji State for UMD job

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DULUTH - Bemidji State men's basketball coach Matt Bowen has been named the new men's basketball coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Bowen, 40, succeeds Gary Holquist, who stepped down earlier this year after 14 seasons guiding the Bulldogs. Bowen signed a four-year contract with an annual base salary of $78,000.

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