After serving as a graduate assistant during the 2011-12 season, Carissa Nord was elevated to a full-time assistant on the South Dakota State University women's basketball coaching staff in August 2012.
A native of Duluth, Minn., Nord has previously coached at the NCAA Division II and Division III levels. During the 2009-10 season, she helped lead the University of Chicago (Ill.) to a 19-7 record and a berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Last season, she served as a graduate assistant at Wayne State College (Neb.), where she was part of a coaching staff that helped lead the Wildcats to a 26-4 overall record, a first-place regular season finish in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and a berth in the NCAA Division II Central Regional.
In addition, Nord has coached the junior varsity team at Duluth Central High School (2008-09) and was the head coach of the Northern Lights AAU team in 2009.
Nord played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Superior for three seasons, serving as team captain for one year. She averaged more than 10 points per game for her career, including an average of 10.3 points per game during the 2007-08 campaign, when she shot 45 percent from behind the three-point line.
Nord earned a bachelor's degree in sociology at UWS in 2009. She is completing a master's degree in sports pedagogy at South Dakota State.