Nic McKissic-Luke joined the South Dakota State University football coaching staff in March 2013 and will again coach the team’s running backs
During the 2013 season, McKissic-Luke mentored All-American and Walter Payton Award finalist Zach Zenner to his second consecutive 2,000-yard season. Zenner totaled 2,015 yards and ranked third among Football Championship Subdivision running backs with an average of 143.9 yards per game. Zenner also scored 25 touchdowns — 23 rushing and two receiving — to rank sixth in the country in scoring with an average of 10.7 points per game.
McKissic-Luke again coached Zenner during a highly decorated season in 2014, when the Jackrabbit running back shattered Missouri Valley Football Conference records and finished his career third in FCS history with 6,548 rushing yards and 8,211 all-purpose yards. A consensus All-American, Zenner again finished sixth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award and was later signed by the Detroit Lions.
McKissic-Luke previously spent the five seasons as running backs and slot receivers coach at Benedict College, an NCAA Division II program in Columbia, S.C. During his tenure, the Tigers led the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in rushing in 2009 and 2010, with the 2009 squad ranking seventh in Division II with an average of 250 yards per game.
In addition, McKissic-Luke worked two summers (2011, 2012) with the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League through the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Internship.
As a player, McKissic-Luke began his career at the University of Alabama before transferring to Alabama A&M University. In three seasons (2004-06) at Alabama A&M, he went on to finish second in career rushing yards with more than 2,000, and helped lead the Bulldogs to the Southwestern Athletic Conference title his senior year.