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Former football coach Stiegelmeier accepts role with SDSU Foundation

SDSU football coach John Stiegelmeier (file)
South Dakota State University
Former SDSU football coach John Stiegelmeier (file)

Former South Dakota State University football coach John Stiegelmeier is taking on a new role with the university.

He has accepted a position as senior advisor with the SDSU Foundation, officials said Tuesday. That’s a nonprofit that leads the school’s fundraising efforts.

University officials said his role will focus on relationship building and representing SDSU at public events.

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

Stiegelmeier retired in January shortly after leading the Jackrabbits to their first-ever FCS national football championship. He is the winningest football coach in school history, accumulating 199 victories over his 26-year career as head coach.