Wisconsin has made it official. Former Division II head coach Matt Mitchell has joined Luke Fickell’s staff to coach outside linebackers and special teams.

Mitchell was highly successful at Grand Valley State, going 117-31 over 12 seasons and guiding the team to 7 NCAA DII Playoff appearances, 2 NCAA DII National Semifinal appearances, 3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, 3 GLIAC North Division titles, and 2 undefeated regular seasons. That success impressed Fickell.

“I was fired up that we were able to add Matt to the staff,” Fickell said in a team release. “He is a great coach with tremendous experience. What his teams at Grand Valley State accomplished is very impressive. I’ve gotten to know him through his relationship with Coach (Mike) Tressel and I am confident he will be a good fit on our staff and in this program.”

Mitchell expressed similar admiration for Fickell’s success as an FBS coach.

Mitchell’s hiring was reported earlier this month and made official Monday.