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.
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.