The 2011 season will mark Jed Stugart's second season as the head coach of the University of Sioux Falls football program. Stugart will guide USF through uncharted waters during the lone season as a NCAA Division II provisional member, meaning the Cougars have scheduled a mixture of NAIA and NCAA Division FCS and II institutions for the 2011 slate.
Stugart was named USF's head coach on February 20, 2010. A proof of the stability and success in the USF football program, Stugart is only the third head coach in the last 27 seasons and 20th head coach in program history.
Stugart brings a wealth of knowledge that benefits the USF program, having enjoyed success as a positions coach, defensive coordinator and head coach at the NAIA, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division I-FBS levels.
Stugart kept one of the NAIA's strongest football traditions going during his first campaign in 2010, leading the Cougars to a fifth straight Great Plains Athletic Conference Championship and fifth straight appearance in the NAIA National Championship Game.
USF won 13 games, five over ranked teams, to one loss, a 10-7 shortcoming to No. 2 Carroll College in the national title game in Rome, Ga., during the 2010 season. In his first game at the helm, the Cougars faced a tough road test at No. 23 Northwestern College. USF battled back from a 14-10 halftime deficit to a 41-24 win over their rival. USF rattled off five more wins to stand 6-0 and set up a undefeated showdown with then-No. 4 Morningside College. The Cougars prevailed with a dominate 28-3 win "under the lights" at Bob Young Field.
A 44-7 win over Concordia University (Neb.) captured the Cougars' fifth straight and ninth total GPAC championship, capping a perfect 10-0 conference record. USF showed strong in their first two playoff contests, a 33-14 win over No. 16 Northwestern Oklahoma State University and a 27-7 win over No. 12 McKendree University. The wins advanced the Cougars to the NAIA semi-final round where Stugart faced the program he had been head coach of only two years prior, No. 4 MidAmerica Nazarene University.
USF shutout the Pioneers out 38-0, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 42 games and earning the Cougar's fifth straight trip to the NAIA national title game in Rome, Ga. After a hard fought defensive battle and 17 tackles by Cougar linebacker Eric Anderson, who was named the game's defensive player of the game, USF came up short 10-7 to No. 2 Carroll College, ending a very successful season for the program.
Senior receiver Jon Ryan captured the program's fourth NAIA Player of the Year award and was named the 2011 GPAC Player of the Year. Ryan was one of 22 players to receive GPAC all-conference recognition, including six Cougars landing on the first team.
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) in Olathe, Kan. Stugart groomed MNU into a consistent NAIA playoff contender, increasing the Pioneers win total each season, accumulating a 26-7 overall record. The Pioneers won the 2008 Heart of America Athletic Confernece title.
Stugart spent seven seasons at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley, Colo., his hometown. While a UNC Bear, he coached the defensive line and linebackers for four season, before being promoted to defensive coordinator for three season. Stugart coached three All-Americans and won two North Central Conference Championships.
USF football has benefited from Stugart's recruiting roots that spread the nation, having coached in Nevada, Colorado, Kansas and most recently spent time as the head recruiter for UNLV in the Southern California region.
Stugart and his wife, Angie, have one son, Gunner, and one daughter, Gracie