Shannon Moore has filled a variety of roles on John Stiegelemeier’s coaching staff as he approaches his seventh season as a full-time assistant.
Moore coached the running backs and tight ends from 2006-08, before taking on the duties of special teams coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the 2009 campaign. In 2010, Moore returned to coaching the tight ends, while retaining special teams responsibilities.
During his tenure with the Jackrabbits, Moore has coached three all-conference running backs and a pair of all-conference tight ends. At running back, Kyle Minett developed into a two-time All-American while ranking second in career rushing with 4,277 yards. Anthony Watson and Cory Koenig also ended their careers in the top five on SDSU’s career rushing chart.
Moore played an instrumental role in the development of two-time all-Great West Football Conference tight end Chris Wagner, who later signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders. He also served as a mentor to tight end Colin Cochart, who earned first-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors in 2010 and later signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Jackrabbits have consistently ranked among the top teams in the Missouri Valley Football Conference in several special teams categories. SDSU ranked second in net kickoff coverage each of the past two seasons, while ranking in the top-20 nationally for net punting each of the past two seasons. The Jackrabbits also ranked ninth nationally for kickoff returns with an average of 23.86 yards per attempt in 2010.
Aside from his coaching duties, Moore has performed a key role in the academic success of the Jackrabbit football team, which has led its league in the number of academic all-league selections each of the past seven seasons. In addition, five Jackrabbits have earned Capital One Academic All-America honors, two have received Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association Postgraduate Scholarships and two players have been bestowed NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.
Moore previously served as a graduate assistant at SDSU during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, working with the running backs, tight ends and special teams while pursuing a master’s degree in education administration. He later added a master’s degree in sports administration at SDSU.
Prior to returning to Brookings, he served as head coach of the Wyoming Cavalry of the National Indoor Football League, where he compiled an 18-11 record over two seasons. In 2005, Moore led the Casper-based Cavalry to a franchise-best 10-5 record and a playoff berth, while also serving as the team’s offensive coordinator.
A native of Gordon, Neb., Moore played three seasons at Black Hills State in Spearfish, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 2000. He taught and coached at Sully Buttes High School in Onida for three seasons before enrolling in graduate school at SDSU.
In addition to his coaching duties, Moore serves as the program’s team camp director.