Graduated: 1986
Inducted: Oct. 15, 2011


A record-setter on both the football field and the track for South Dakota State, Jeff Tiefenthaler was inducted into the Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame in the fall of 2011.

Tiefenthaler rewrote the Jackrabbit record book both on the football field and on the track during the mid-1980s. An Armour native, Tiefenthaler set nine school records and seven North Central Conference receiving records, finishing his football career with 173 receptions for 3,621 yards and 32 touchdowns. A two-time All-American (1985 and 1986) and a finalist for the 1986 Harlon Hill Award as the top player in NCAA Division II football, Tiefenthaler set Division II records with 14 consecutive games with a touchdown reception and 25 career games with a touchdown catch. He later became the first SDSU player selected to play in the Senior Bowl. On the track, Tiefenthaler earned All-America recognition set three indoor individual school records that still stand: 300-meter dash (33.96 seconds); 400-meter dash (:47.29) and 500-meter dash (1:02.90). He also ran on the Jackrabbits' 4x800-meter relay team that still holds the school record with a time of 7 minutes, 32.82 seconds that was set in 1983.

After graduating from South Dakota State in 1986 with a degree in health, physical education and recreation, Tiefenthaler embarked on a teaching and coaching career in Iowa.