NASHVILLE — South Dakota State University football coach John Stiegelmeier received the 2016 Grant Teaff Award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Monday morning in conjunction with the American Football Coaches Association Convention.
"Fellowship of Christian Athletes is honored to recognize Coach John Stiegelmeier, who has impacted countless players over his successful career," said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. "We congratulate Coach Stig for not only his accomplishments on the field, but also for the way he has touched the lives of innumerable young athletes as he glorifies God through the game of football."
In 20 seasons as head coach at SDSU, Stiegelmeier has led the Jackrabbits to a 137-94 overall record (.593 winning percentage), making him the winningest coach in program history. He has led the Jackrabbits to five consecutive appearances in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and six overall.
In 2016, Stiegelmeier was named Bruce Craddock Missouri Valley Football Conference Coach of the Year and also was honored as the FCS Region 4 Coach of the Year by the AFCA after leading the Jackrabbits to their first MVFC title. He also has received conference coach of the year honors from the North Central Conference (1999) and Great West Football Conference (2007) during his tenure at SDSU.
Stiegelmeier and his family have supported FCA both financially and by assisting with various camps and by serving as a speaker, faculty representative and as a member of the state board of directors.
Named after Grant Teaff, former Baylor University coach, AFCA executive director and Trustee Emeritus of the FCA Board of Trustees, the Coach of the Year Award presented by FCA recognizes a football coach who exemplifies Christian principles and who is involved in FCA. The award is also based on the success and performance of the coach's team that season.
Previous winners include North Carolina's Larry Fedora (2015), Clemson's Dabo Swinney (2014), Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (2013), Tommy Bowden, Tommy Tuberville and Jerry Kill.