Carissa Nord is in her second season as a full-time assistant coach and third season overall as a member of the Jackrabbit women’s basketball coaching staff.
She served as a graduate assistant during the 2011-12 season, and was elevated to a full-time position in August 2012. SDSU claimed both Summit League regular season and postseason tournament titles her first two seasons on the bench, compiling a 49-17 overall record, including a 30-4 mark in league play.
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. She then 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, and has completed a master’s degree in sports pedagogy at South Dakota State.