Football Facilities

Coughlin-Alumni Stadium enters its 54th — and final — season as home of the Jackrabbits ion 2015.

Although construction has begun to replace Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, the Jackrabbits have had a decided home advantage on the only natural grass field remaining in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Through the first 52 years of operation, there have been 284 games against 64 different opponents at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, with SDSU holding a 179-105 record (.630 winning percentage) on its home field. There has never been a tie game at CAS.

Since moving to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision in 2004, the Jackrabbits have posted a 46-14 mark at CAS.

The natural-grass stadium opened Sept. 22, 1962, when the Jacks lost a 9-7 decision to Arkansas State.

SDSU played its first game under the lights at CAS on Sept. 1, 2001, defeating Ferris State (Mich.), 34-24. The Jackrabbits have gone on to compile a 29-8 record in night games at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.

 Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center

The South Dakota State University football team moved into new headquarters following the completion of the Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center in the north end zone of Coughlin-Alumni Stadium prior to the start of the 2010 season.

"The Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center is the home of all of SDSU Football - past and present," head coach John Stiegelmeier said. "Our present players benefit from having everything they need in one location. Our past players benefit as this facility holds the records of their past. Bottom line, the DSAC is a first-class facility for a first-class football program." 
Construction on the Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center began in the fall of 2008. The $6 million donated by Sioux Falls bankers Dana Dykhouse and T. Denny Sanford in the fall of 2007 set in motion the construction of the first major athletic building on campus since Frost Arena in 1973.

The building spans nearly 30,000 square feet and was built of brick, precast concrete, and glass. The Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center also houses an academic center equipped with study areas, computers, tutors, and other educational aids for all SDSU teams.   

Besides housing a new locker room for the Jackrabbit football team, a well-equipped weight room for strength and conditioning is a welcomed component of the facility. Athletic training and rehabilitation areas also are located in the Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center and adjacent Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.

Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex
A building boom at South Dakota State University has expanded to the realm of collegiate athleticsSJAC Interior with the addition of the $32 million Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex, which was dedicated in October 2014.

The multi-use facility features an indoor practice and competition space of more than 149,000 square feet and a human performance area of nearly 15,000 square feet. One of the only eight-lane, 300-meter tracks in the region is housed in the facility, along with 100 yards of soy-based synthetic turf.

The building measures 61 feet high at midfield. Ground was broken on the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in August 2013. The final beam was raised in March 2014 and the turf was installed in July 2014.

Fund-raising efforts kicked off in the summer of 2012. Leadership gifts from the Dale and Pat Larson family, First Bank & Trust, Sanford Health, Larson Manufacturing, Brookings Health System and other anonymous donors helped make this tranformational facility a reality.

Strength and Conditioning

The South Dakota State University Strength and Conditioning Department strives to enhance the athletic development of our 500+ student-athletes. We strive to accomplish this goal through the integration of performance variables that meet the demands of each individual sport. 

These performance variables include mobility, strength, flexibility, power, linear and lateral speed; as well as developing the necessary energy systems to compete at the highest level. Through the enhancement of these performance variables we hope to decrease the incident of injury and ensure the durability of our student-athletes. 

The SDSU Strength & Conditioning Staff accomplishes these goals through the use of the Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center Weight Room and Frost Arena Student-Athlete Weight Room. Both of these facilities include a variety of training equipment ranging from Olympic lifting platforms and power racks to stability balls and cable machines.

The convenience that the two student-athlete weight rooms provide ensures that we are able to accommodate all 21 sports. In addition, the two student-athlete weight rooms, allow us to provide the best training environment for each individual sport and athlete.

The Jackrabbit football locker room features 110-wood lockers.  Each locker has a safe for each football player to store their personal belongings. The locker room is for football players only and is able for their use year round.

Sports Medicine

Five hundred Jackrabbit student-athletes, in 21 sports, attain sports medicine services from two facilities: HPER Athletic Training Room and Dykhouse Athletic Training Room.The HPER ATR facility is the primary facility for all sports at South Dakota State University and the Dykhouse ATR serves as the primary facility for the football program.

Each Facility contains hydrotherapy areas, taping areas, specified and individualized rehab and treatment space with state of the art equipment for both specific areas.

The Jackrabbit Sports Medicine Department boasts three Team Physicians, five full time ATC’s, eight Graduate Assistant ATC’s, an Accredited Athletic Training Program (up to 40 students), Entry-level masters program, and multiple medical professionals within the community (massage therapist, chiropractor…etc).

SDSU Sports Medicine also boasts a strong relationship with the Sanford National Institute for Athletic Health and Performance with graduate research in the areas of: Youth Concussions, Concussion Injury and Depression, Motivational Rehab Techniques, Psychological Measures of Anxiety in Sports, and Student-Athlete Experience.

Jackrabbits Sports Medicine Staff is comprised of individuals from all geographical areas of the nation as well as many diverse settings; from H.S. to Hospital to Division I, II and III athletics as well as the professional level. The Sports Medicine Program is also excited to begin on a new primary athletic training room that will house cutting edge modalities, rehab equipment, and hydrotherapy facility attached to the Indoor Practice Facility.

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