Head Coach John Stiegelmeier
John Stiegelmeier, the winningest football coach in South Dakota State history, has built the Jackrabbit program into a yearly contender within the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision.
Overall, Coach Stig has led the Jackrabbits to a 158-100 record (.612 winning percentage) in 22 seasons. With Stiegelmeier at the helm, SDSU has reached the FCS playoffs eight times (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). The Jackrabbits won playoff contests in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018, and have finished in the top 25 of both major FCS polls in ten of the last 13 seasons.
Stiegelmeier’s 61 victories in MVFC play rank third in league history.SDSU has never had a losing record in MVFC play in the 11 seasons it has played in arguably the toughest FCS conference.
During the 2018 season, South Dakota State reached the semifinals for the second straight season. The 2018 Jackrabbits set 25 new program records over the course of the season. The 2018 season was the third straight season the Jacks were seeded going into the FCS playoffs.