USD’s head football coach lands contract extension

May 9, 2024

VERMILLION, S.D.–University of South Dakota athletic director Jon Schemmel announced Wednesday a four-year contract extension for head football coach Bob Nielson through the 2027 season.

The 2023 season was the team’s most successful at the division I level, tallying ten wins, hosting two home playoff games and finishing the season ranked fourth in the nation.

“Getting coach Nielson signed was one of my top priorities from day one of walking back on campus,” said Schemmel “I’m thrilled to be able to do that as he and his staff continue to build a championship program here at USD. Bob has earned it!”

Nielson was introduced as the 30th head coach in the history of University of South Dakota football in December of 2015.

He is a three-time national coach of the year recipient, a two-time national champion head coach, and was Missouri Valley Football Conference Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2023.