Defensive Coordinator Scottie Hazelton

Then-Kansas State defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton stands on the sideline during the team’s matchup against Bowling Green last season. Hazelton spent one year at K-State before taking the same position at Michigan State in February.

Scottie Hazelton officially left Kansas State on Friday.

Hazelton, K-State’s defensive coordinator in Year 1 of the Chris Klieman era, was hired in the same capacity at Michigan State. The MSU athletics department announced the hire in a release Friday. Hazelton completes the first-year staff of the Spartans’ new head coach, Mel Tucker.

“Scottie definitely has the mentality you’re looking for in a defensive coordinator,” Tucker said in a release. “He’s a leader with an infectious personality and he’s an excellent teacher. He’s learned from some of the great defensive minds in the game throughout his career. Scottie has been a defensive coordinator multiple times, including at the Power 5 level. He’s coached in the NFL, and he’s been on a staff that won a national championship. I couldn’t be more excited about hiring Scottie as our defensive coordinator to lead our outstanding defensive staff.”

Shortly after the hire became official, Hazelton went to Twitter to express his gratitude for his lone season with the Wildcats.

“Thank you to the entire K-State family,” Hazelton wrote. “Our year here has been wonderful and it’s because of all of you that my family and I have had such a great experience.”

Hazelton also wrote he is sure Klieman and K-State athletics director Gene Taylor will have no problem finding his successor.

“(They) are great men and leaders,” Hazelton wrote. “I have no doubt that they’ll keep K-State’s winning tradition rollin’! #EMAW”

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