Bob Nielson
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamSouth Dakota
ConferenceMVFC
Record29–34
Biographical details
Born (1959-09-28) September 28, 1959 (age 62)
Alma materWartburg (1982)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981–1986Wartburg (OL)
1987–1988Wartburg (DC)
1989–1990Ripon
1991–1995Wartburg
1996–1998Wisconsin–Eau Claire
1999–2003Minnesota–Duluth
2008–2012Minnesota–Duluth
2013–2015Western Illinois
2016–presentSouth Dakota
Head coaching record
Overall215–114–1
Tournaments3–3 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
11–4 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
2–3 (NCAA FCS playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2 NCAA Division II (2008, 2010)
1 IIAC (1993)
1 WIAC (1998)
5 NSIC (2002, 2008–2011)
5 NSIC North Division (2008–2012)
Awards
AFCA Division II COY (2010)
Liberty Mutual Division II COY (2010)
IIAC Coach of the Year (1993)
NCIS Coach of the Year (2002, 2008, 2010)

Bob Nielson (born September 28, 1959) is an American football coach. He is the head football coach at the University of South Dakota, a position he had held since the 2016 season. Nielson was the head football coach at Ripon College (1989–1990), Wartburg College (1991–1995), the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (1996–1998), University of Minnesota–Duluth (1999–2003, 2008–2012), and Western Illinois University (2013–2015). His Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs won the NCAA Division II Football Championship in 2008 and 2010.

Nielson grew up in Marion, Iowa, and is a 1982 graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He received his master's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1988. He began his coaching career in 1981 as an assistant at Wartburg and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1986.[1]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Ripon Redmen (Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1989–1990)
1989 Ripon 2–6–1 1–5 T–4th (North)
1990 Ripon 7–2 4–2 T–2nd (North)
Ripon: 9–8–1 5–7
Wartburg Knights (Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1991–1995)
1991 Wartburg 6–4 5–3 T–3rd
1992 Wartburg 5–5 5–3 T–3rd
1993 Wartburg 9–2 8–0 1st L NCAA Division III First Round
1994 Wartburg 10–2 7–1 2nd L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
1995 Wartburg 9–1 7–1 2nd
Wartburg: 39–14 32–8
Wisconsin–Eau Claire Blugolds (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1996–1998)
1996 Wisconsin–Eau Claire 5–5 3–4 5th
1997 Wisconsin–Eau Claire 7–3 4–3 4th
1998 Wisconsin–Eau Claire 10–3 5–2 T–1st L NCAA Division III Semifinal
Wisconsin–Eau Claire: 22–11 12–9
Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) (1999–2003)
1999 Minnesota–Duluth 3–8 3–5 T–6th
2000 Minnesota–Duluth 7–4 5–3 T–3rd
2001 Minnesota–Duluth 9–3 7–2 2nd
2002 Minnesota–Duluth 11–1 9–0 1st L NCAA Division II First Round
2003 Minnesota–Duluth 8–3 6–2 3rd
Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) (2008–2012)
2008 Minnesota–Duluth 15–0 10–0 / 6–0 1st / 1st (North) W NCAA Division II Championship
2009 Minnesota–Duluth 11–2 10–0 / 6–0 1st / 1st (North) L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
2010 Minnesota–Duluth 15–0 10–0 / 6–0 1st / 1st (North) W NCAA Division II Championship
2011 Minnesota–Duluth 11–3 8–2 / 5–1 T–1st / T–1st (North) L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
2012 Minnesota–Duluth 10–2 10–1 / 6–1 2nd / T–1st (North) L NCAA Division II First Round
Minnesota–Duluth: 100–26 78–15
Western Illinois Leathernecks (Missouri Valley Football Conference) (2013–2015)
2013 Western Illinois 4–8 2–6 9th
2014 Western Illinois 5–7 3–5 T–7th
2015 Western Illinois 7–6 5–3 T–3rd L NCAA Division I Second Round
Western Illinois: 16–21 10–14
South Dakota Coyotes (Missouri Valley Football Conference) (2016–present)
2016 South Dakota 4–7 3–5 T–6th
2017 South Dakota 8–5 4–4 T–5th L NCAA Division I Second Round
2018 South Dakota 4–7 3–5 T–6th
2019 South Dakota 5–7 4–4 6th
2020 South Dakota 1–3 1–3 T–7th
2021 South Dakota 7–5 5–3 T–3rd L NCAA Division I First Round
South Dakota: 29–34 20–24
Total: 215–114–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

See also

References

  1. ^ "Nielson to lead Redmen football". Oshkosh Northwestern. Oshkosh, Wisconsin. March 21, 1989. p. 21. Retrieved December 6, 2020 – via Newspapers.com open access.