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South Dakota State coach wins college’s first FCS title, retires after 26 years

South Dakota State soccer head coach John Stiegelmeier goes out on prime. 

After 26 seasons as head coach in Brookings, South Dakota, Stiegelmeier introduced his retirement Thursday, practically two weeks after profitable the Jackrabbits’ first FCS championship

Head coach John Stiegelmeier of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits before a game against the North Dakota State Bison in the Division I FCS football championship at Toyota Stadium Jan. 8, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. 

Head coach John Stiegelmeier of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits earlier than a recreation in opposition to the North Dakota State Bison within the Division I FCS soccer championship at Toyota Stadium Jan. 8, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. 
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“(Wife) Laurie and I, with our household, need to thank South Dakota State University and SDSU Athletics for being blessed to function the pinnacle soccer coach,” Stiegelmeier mentioned in an announcement on SDSU’s web site. 

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“During our 26 years on this position, a lifetime of recollections have occurred. The help of so many, together with three college presidents, quite a few assistant coaches, numerous student-athletes, two athletic administrators and the Jackrabbit fan base has been so particular. Thank you to each one who’ve believed in us.”   

SDSU defeated North Dakota State 45-21 within the FCS championship recreation for the varsity’s first-ever playoff win over NDSU.

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Head coach John Stiegelmeier of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits against the North Dakota State Bison in the Division I FCS football championship at Toyota Stadium Jan. 8, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. 

Head coach John Stiegelmeier of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in opposition to the North Dakota State Bison within the Division I FCS soccer championship at Toyota Stadium Jan. 8, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. 
(Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos through Getty Images)

From 1997-2022, Stiegelmeier compiled a file of 199-112 and helped the Jackrabbits make the leap from Division II to the FCS in 2004. 

“Simply put, South Dakota State University is a greater place due to John and Laurie Stiegelmeier,” director of athletics Justin Sell mentioned. “Their impression goes far past wins and losses or championships due to the household tradition they’ve fostered all through their time right here and by constructing a program primarily based on character, laborious work and excellence in all areas.”

Stiegelmeier shall be succeeded by defensive coordinator Jimmy Rogers, who turns into the twenty first coach in SDSU historical past. 

He retires because the winningest coach in program historical past after posting a profitable file in 22 of 26 seasons as head coach. 

South Dakota State head coach John Stiegelmeier, center, celebrates with quarterback Mark Gronowski, left, and offensive lineman Mason McCormick with the trophy after they defeated North Dakota State to win the FCS championship game Jan. 8, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. 

South Dakota State head coach John Stiegelmeier, middle, celebrates with quarterback Mark Gronowski, left, and offensive lineman Mason McCormick with the trophy after they defeated North Dakota State to win the FCS championship recreation Jan. 8, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. 
(AP Photo/LM Otero)

“I need to thank John and Laurie for all that they’ve carried out for South Dakota State University throughout a profession that has spanned greater than three a long time,” mentioned SDSU President Barry Dunn. “Coach Stig’s file will converse for itself and profitable a nationwide championship in his last recreation is a storybook ending to a tremendous profession. 

“More importantly, he positively impacted tons of of younger males and pushed them to achieve success within the classroom, on the sector and in life. He did this by exemplifying the core values of our college each day. Coach Stig’s legacy is one in every of greatness, and people who had been lucky to be round him have benefited from how he lives and his capability to be a constructive affect on everybody.” 

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