Jed Stugart is in his seventh season as head coach at the University of Sioux Falls. He has guided the Cougars to six consecutive winning seasons, extending the program’s streak to 22 straight winning seasons. Stugart, who led USF to the NAIA national title game in 2010, owns a 53-16 record (.768) at USF and a career mark of 79-23 (.774).
In five seasons at NCAA DII, Stugart has guided the Cougars to a 40-15 record, including 35-10 in the NSIC.
A Greeley, Colo. native with Midwest ties, Stugart has maintained the pride and tradition of USF football while steering the Cougars through the challenging transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II athletics. Named the 20th USF coach in school history in February 2010, He has elevated the success rate at USF every year. He has taken the program from NAIA to the NCAA DII playoffs in just four years.
The 11-win campaign in 2014 was Stugart's second double digit wins mark with USF, going 13-1 in 2010 and advancing to the NAIA title game. He has four seasons of at least nine wins in six years at the helm.
During his tenure, 49 Cougars have earned NSIC All-League recognition, along with eight All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans, 18 all-region honorees and 91 Academic All-NSIC honorees.
Since joining the NSIC in 2012, the number of academic all-league selections has jumped each year, starting with 18 and reaching 31 in 2015. Once again, the program produced All-Americans, including Solomon St. Pierre, who was named to four teams (AFCA, AP Little All-America, InstantScouting, CCA DII) and Academic All-Americans Brady Rose and John Tidwell. St. Pierre has received 14 career postseason or preseason All-America honors and participated in the Tropic Bowl of elite FBS, FCS and DII standouts. He was also USF's first-ever Cliff Harris Award finalist.
Aside from St. Pierre, quarterback Luke Papilion earned All-Region and second team All-NSIC honors while being named a candidate for the Harlon Hill Trophy (DII Player of the Year).
In a 9-3 season, USF registered its third 9-win season or better in four years in the NSIC. In the 2015 season, USF was 6-2 in the South and 4-0 vs. NSIC North. In the past two seasons, USF has gone 20-4, including 11-1 in 2014. In that season, USF made its first postseason appearance at NCAA DII, a 42-10 win over Central Oklahoma (MIAA) in the Mineral Water Bowl. USF finished with its first-ever DII ranking in both D2football.com at #16 and the final AFCA Poll at #18 In 2014. The Cougars were ranked as high as #10 and finished the regular season at #16 in the AFCA poll.
In 2015, the Cougars opened 7-0 for the second straight season. Along the way the Cougars were ranked as high as #5 in the AFCA Coaches Poll, #4 in the D2Football.com Poll and #4 in David Boyce's power rankings on NCAA.com. In the final regular season poll, USF was ranked #16 by both the AFCA and D2Football.com. The Cougars were placed #21 in the final AFCA poll of 2015. That ranking increased to 22 the number of consecutive weeks that USF has been ranked in the top-25 in the AFCA and D2Football.com Polls.
During the 2015 campaign, he had 13 student-athletes named to the All-NSIC Team, including eight on either the first team (three) or second team (five). Also John Tidwell was named to the all-league first team for the third consecutive year, a first at USF.
In NSIC stats, USF were ranked in the top-5 in 26 individual or team categories, including lead the league in both sacks (39) and sacks allowed (5). Nationally, USF was in the top 50 in 46 stat categories; 27 in the top 20 and 12 in the top 10. The Cougars led the nation by allowing just five sacks all season. QB Luke Papilion was the total offense leader for the second straight year in the NSIC. He ranked 10th nationally. Solomon St. Pierre led the league with nine interceptions and ranked fifth nationally. St. Pierre also established an NSIC record with 22 career interceptions.
In 2014, USF opened the season with eight straight wins (most at DII level) and lost only to national runner-up Minnesota State. The Cougars finished the season with three straight wins. Among the regular season victories was a third consecutive win over city rival Augustana (23-13) at Kirkeby-Over Stadium as the "Key to the City" stayed at USF.
In total, 14 USF players were named to the NSIC All-League team, including eight first (4) or second (4) team honorees. Sophomore quarterback Luke Papilion was named the school's first-ever NSIC Offensive Player of the Year and a Harlon Hill candidate (DII Player of the Year). Junior defensive back Solomon St. Pierre was named all-league, a Cliff Harris Award candidate (DII Player of the Year) and to six All-American first teams (AFCA, D2football.com, AP Little All-American Team, Daktronics, BeyondSports.com, Don Hansen). Junior defensive back John Tidwell was all-league, all-region (Daktronics) and selected Academic All-District as well as a Don Hansen honorable mention All-American. USF also had 23 Academic All-NSIC selections in 2014.
In 2014, the Cougars were the top scoring team (42.7) in the NSIC and seventh nationally. USF scored 512 points, the most since moving to DII. In addition, USF was second in scoring defense (17.4 ppg), second in total offense (483.2) and third in total defense (356.8). USF ranked fourth nationally (1st, NSIC) in the national in turnover margin, third in turnovers gained, and second nationally with 26 interceptions. USF had a nation-leading seven defensive TDs. In national rankings, the Cougars were 12th in scoring defense and 17th in total offense.
In 2013, Stugart guided USF to an overall mark of 6-5 with a second-straight win over its city rival Augustana College. USF capped the 2013 season by defeating Wayne State College in its season finale by a convincing 35-10 margin.
Two Cougars were named to the All-NSIC South First Team and a total of nine players received all-conference recognition. One Cougar took home an individual award, as junior John Batinich was named the NSIC Defensive Newcomer of the Year, while senior Carrington Hanna became the first player in the history of the NSIC (records dating to 1973) to be selected as both an all-conference wide receiver and all-conference quarterback in the same year. In addition, NSIC South first team John Tidwell was also named to the 2013 Don Hansen Football Committee released their All-Super Region 3 Team (Third Team Defense). A total of 19 student-athletes received Academic All-NSIC honors.
USF made its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference debut on August 30, 2012, and the Cougars announced their presence with authority with a 32-19 road upset of No. 16 St. Cloud State. The Cougars opened the 2012 campaign with five straight victories and finished 9-2 overall to secure their 19th straight winning season and fourth place in the 16-team NSIC. USF claimed a 32-31 double-overtime victory over crosstown rival and new conference foe Augustana College on Oct. 20 in the inaugural “Key to the City” game. The matchup was the first between the two programs in 26 years and it marked the Cougars’ first-ever victory against the Vikings. USF was ranked No. 22 at the conclusion of the season and enjoyed six weeks in the NCAA D-II top 25 poll, including a season-best No. 17 ranking the week of Oct. 27-Nov. 3.
Stugart and his staff assembled the No. 1 pass efficiency defense in the NSIC while the Cougar defense ranked among the NCAA D-II top 30 in five categories: rushing defense (29th at 121.36), pass efficiency defense (20th at 107.22), scoring defense (24th at 20.18), turnover margin (9th at 1.27) and tackles for loss (30th at 7.55). In addition, senior cornerback Robert Virgil tied for fifth in the nation with an average of 0.64 interceptions per game while classmate Nick Bonte ranked 23rd in tackles for loss (1.59).
Senior kicker Braden Wieking ended his storied career as the school’s career field goals leader (52). A Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-American, Wieking twice earned NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week honors this season and posted the league’s best overall field goal percentage, at .842 (16-for-19).
The Cougars placed three players on the All-NSIC South Division First Team in 2012, including senior wide receiver Jeremiah Oates, who snared a league-best 12 touchdown catches. Junior Carrington Hanna, who was tops in the NSIC in both receptions (69, 6.27 per game) and yards per catch (13), earned a second team nod.
Hanna was also named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division II Football Second Team, becoming the first USF student-athlete to be selected to the Academic All-American Team by CoSIDA. A total of 18 student-athletes received Academic All-NSIC honors.and 13 Cougars received All-NSIC recognition.
The national recognition wasn’t limited to the players, as Stugart was one of five D-II finalists for the 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, the premier college football-coaching honor that promotes charity and scholarship while also honoring coaches for their sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence, on and off the field.
In 2011, USF's 29-10 victory over Minot State insured that the program would finish its NCAA D-II provisional campaign with a 5-4 mark for its 18th winning season in a row. Even though the squad was ineligible to compete for a conference championship or postseason berth, the Cougars tallied several memorable moments and learned firsthand what it takes to compete and win at the NCAA D-II level. Under Stugart’s guidance, the Cougars proved not only that they could compete at the D-II level, but they could put a scare into NCAA Division I opponents. The Cougars put forth a valiant effort on the road in a 31-17 loss to FCS No. 23-ranked McNeese State University. After starting the 2011 campaign 0-3, the Cougars rolled off five straight victories and concluded the season with a heartbreaking 15-13 near-upset loss at then FCS No. 25 University of North Dakota. All four of USF’s 2011 losses came against nationally ranked NCAA DI FCS and NCAA DII programs.
In his first season at USF, Stugart led the Cougars to a 13-1 record, fifth straight Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) crown and fifth consecutive appearance in the NAIA National Championship Game.
Stugart coached his first game for the Cougars on September 4, 2010, a 41-24 victory at No. 23 Northwestern College. The Cougars trailed their longtime rival 14-10 at the half, but outscored the Red Raiders 31-10 in the second half to secure the victory. USF ran the table in the GPAC and capped off a 10-0 regular season with a 44-7 win over Concordia University (Neb.) to capture its fifth straight (ninth overall) GPAC championship.
The Cougars stormed through their first two playoff contests, a 33-14 win over No. 16 Northwestern Oklahoma State University and a 27-7 victory against No. 12 McKendree University. The wins advanced the Cougars to a semifinal matchup versus No. 4 MidAmerica Nazarene University. The game was a homecoming of sorts for Stugart; he had previously served as the Pioneers’ head coach from 2006-08. USF shutout MNU 38-0, thereby extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 42 games and clinching the Cougar’s fifth straight trip to the NAIA national title game in Rome, Ga.
USF came up just short in the championship game, falling 10-7 in a defensive struggle to No. 2 Carroll College. Cougar linebacker Eric Anderson recorded 17 tackles and was honored as the game’s defensive player of the game for his standout performance.
Several other USF football student-athletes collected hardware in 2010. Senior receiver Jon Ryan captured the program’s fourth NAIA Player of the Year award and was also named the 2010 GPAC Player of the Year. Ryan was one of 22 players to receive GPAC all-conference recognition, with six Cougars picking up first team accolades.
Prior to USF, Stugart served as the linebackers coach at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) and guided all three starting Rebel linebackers to top 20 finishes in total tackles in the conference.
UNLV just missed qualifying for a bowl with a 5-7 record in Mountain West Conference, one of the top mid-major conferences in the country at the NCAA Division I-FBS level.
Before UNLV, Stugart spent three seasons as the head coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU), compiling a 26-7 record at the NAIA school located in Olathe, Kansas.
After leading the Pioneers to an undefeated regular season, a Heart of America Conference title and second consecutive trip to the playoffs, Stugart was named 2008 NAIA Region 3 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
Previous to MNU, he was on the staff at Northern Colorado from 1999-2006. Stugart was the defensive line coach before taking over the linebackers as defensive coordinator in 2003, the same year that the UNC defense ranked 16th in the nation in total defense and 13th in scoring defense. With the Bears he produced three defensive All-Americans and was part of two North Central Conference championship teams and two postseason appearances.
Stugart earned three letters as a linebacker at Azusa Pacific (Calif.) University, where he later began his coaching career. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1994 from APU and a master’s degree in communications from UNC in 2003.
Stugart and his wife, Angie, have a son, Gunner, and a daughter, Gracie.
Jed Stugart Year-by-Year
Sioux Falls (2010-present)
~ 53-16 overall
~ 9-3 in 2015 (3rd, NSIC, NCAA Postseason playoffs)
~ 11-1 in 2014 (3rd, NSIC)
~ 6-5 in 2013 (5th, NSIC)
~ 9-2 in 2012 (4th, NSIC)
~ 5-4 (2011)
~ 13-1 (2010)
~GPAC Championship (2010)
~ NAIA National runner-up (2010)
Assistant Coach- Linebackers
MidAmerica Nazarene (2006-08)
~ 26-7 overall
~ Two postseason appearances
~ HAAC Championship (2008)
~ AFCA Region 3 Coach of the Year
Northern Colorado (2003-05)
Assistant Coach- Defensive Coordinator
Northern Colorado (1999-2002)
Assistant Coach- Defensive Line & Linebackers
|Other Position:||Recruiting Area: Sioux Falls, S.D.|
|Alma Mater:||Azusa Pacific|