Nic McKissic-Luke joined the South Dakota State University football coaching staff in March 2013 and will again coach the team’s running backs
“Coach McKissic-Luke will be a tremendous addition to our coaching staff,” Jackrabbit head coach John Stiegelmeier said in announcing the hire. “He brings great energy to our program and has had some unique playing and coaching experiences. He also has developed good recruiting connections in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.”
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 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.