South Dakota State’s John Stiegelmeier Announces Retirement After National Championship Season

South Dakota State’s John Stiegelmeier Announces Retirement After National Championship Season

John Stiegelmeier, former coach of the State of South Dakota football program, announced his retirement Thursday, less than two weeks after handing the Jackrabbits their first FCS national championship.

Stiegelmeier, 65, will retire as the winningest coach in program history with a record of 199–112 (.640 winning percentage). He led South Dakota State to 12 postseason appearances, including 11 in a row, and claimed four Missouri Valley Conference titles during his 26 years in charge.

“Laurie and I, with our family, want to thank South Dakota State University and SDSU Athletics for having the blessing of serving as head football coach,” Stiegelmeier said in a statement Thursday. “During our 26 years in this role, lifelong memories have been produced. The support from so many, including three college presidents, numerous assistant coaches, countless student-athletes, two athletic directors, and the Jackrabbit fan base, has been very special. Thank you to each and every one of those who have believed in us.”

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