University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema named Matt Canada on Tuesday as the team's new offensive coordinator.

Canada spent last season in the same job at Northern Illinois, working under former UW defensive coordinator Dave Doeren. The Huskies were 11-3, won the Mid-American Conference championship and beat Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

"Matt has a terrific history as an offensive coordinator and has excelled at developing quarterbacks throughout his career," Bielema said. "I know he is very excited about running a pro-style offense and handling a game the way we typically have at Wisconsin. I think this is a great hire for us and I can't wait for him to get to work with our coaches and players."

Northern Illinois finished among the top 12 in the country this past season in scoring offense (No. 12), total offense (No. 11) and rushing offense (No. 12).

Quarterback Chandler Harnisch finished ninth nationally in total offense, averaging 328.2 yards per game.

"I'm truly excited for the opportunity to come to Wisconsin," Canada said. "It's a program that I've followed closely for a number of years. I've always been impressed with their tradition, especially offensively with their style of play, and I can't wait to be a part of that."

Canada was in his second stint at NIU, having spent six seasons (1998 to 2003) there under former coach Joe Novak, working with the running backs for three years and the quarterbacks for two seasons, before taking over as offensive coordinator in 2003.

Among the players Canada coached at Northern Illinois was current UW running backs coach Thomas Hammock, along with current Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner.

Before returning to Northern Illinois in 2011, Canada spent the last seven years at Indiana, where he coached the Hoosiers' quarterbacks each season. He became the passing game coordinator in 2005 and 2006 and served as offensive coordinator for his last four years there.

His quarterbacks at Indiana -- Ben Chappell, Kellen Lewis and Blake Powers -- hold the top three spots in single-season touchdowns, yards, completions, attempts and completion percentage.

"In this process, I'm putting together a staff that will come from different directions to come together to play football the way Wisconsin has traditionally played," Bielema said.

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