FC Ingolstadt 04 have appointed Maik Walpurgis as head coach on a deal until summer 2018.
The 43-year-old replaces interim coach Michael Henke, who was placed in temporary charge of the struggling Bavarian club following the departure of Markus Kauczinski on Monday.
"The Bundesliga has always been a big objective of mine. Today is a special day for me," said the former Sportfreunde Lotte and VfL Osnabrück coach. "I'm excited about this challenge and convinced that we can maintain our top-flight status this season."
"Maik is a very passionate coach with a clear philosophy. That convinced us that he's the man for the job," added sporting director Thomas Linke. "He now has an opportunity to add another chapter to FC Ingolstadt’s success story."
Die Schanzer, who lie second-bottom of the Bundesliga with just two points from ten games, visit SV Darmstadt 98 on Matchday 11.