WAHPETON, N.D.(NDSCS)--North Dakota State College of Science has tapped Merle Johnson to be its next head football coach. Johnson has more than 20 years of coaching experience, and has spent the past three years as the head football coach at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minn. His accomplishments include being named Coach of the Year in 2011 for the Northern Division of the Minnesota Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC). The NDSCS football program will join the MCAC beginning with the 2014 season. A Red River Valley native, Mr. Johnson has coached and recruited in the region for many years. Johnson will begin his duties January 1, 2014. He will replace Chuck Parsons, who was the head football coach at NDSCS for the past seven seasons.