Former Jacks head football coach lands new job with SDSU

September 6, 2023

BROOKINGS, S.D.— Retired football coach John Stiegelmeier (pictured) has accepted a position as a senior adviser with the South Dakota State University Foundation, effective Oct. 2.

Stiegelmeier announced his retirement in January, shortly after leading the Jackrabbits to the university’s first FCS National Championship. He is the winningest football coach in school history, accumulating 199 victories over his 26-year career as head coach.

The senior adviser role will focus on relationship building and representing the university at different public events. In addition to the SDSU Foundation, Stiegelmeier will work closely with the Office of the President, the SDSU Alumni Association and the SDSU Athletics Department.

“Laurie and I have been truly blessed to have served this university for the past three decades,” Stiegelmeier said. “I consider this an opportunity to make a difference for this university, the faculty, staff and the students. It’s an absolute honor.”

Stiegelmeier, a Selby native, is a 1979 SDSU graduate. He will be honored in October as one of six distinguished alumni by the Alumni Association.

“John’s passion for his alma mater is undeniable, and it extends far beyond the football program or athletics department,” said Steve Erpenbach, president and CEO of the SDSU Foundation. “For decades, he has built relationships and found ways to elevate our university. We’re thrilled by his enthusiasm for this new role.”