Eric Eidsness headed to Northern Illinois

Trenton Abrego, Sports Editor

Change is coming to the Jackrabbit offense.

It was announced on Tuesday, Jan. 21, that Eric Eidsness, who serves as the offensive coordinator and associate head coach for the South Dakota State football team will be headed to Dekalb, Illinois in order to become the new offensive coordinator for the Northern Illinois Huskies.

Eidsness first started in the Jackrabbit program as a graduate assistant in the 1996 and 1997 seasons when he worked with the receiving corps.

After a brief stop in Ferris State in Michigan, Eidsness returned in 1999 as the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and running backs coach.

In the Division II era, Eidsness coached the Jackrabbit offense to an average of 27.6 and set numerous all-time records.

In 2003, Eidsness left the Jackrabbit program for a head coach position at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall.

Eidsness was the coach for the SMSU Mustangs for five years before returning to Brookings again.

In 2010, Eidsness was the quarterbacks and pass game coordinator. After the 2011 season, Eidsness was promoted to be the offensive coordinator.

His latest promotion came in 2015 when he became the associate head coach.

In his seven years as a Jackrabbit offensive coordinator, the Jackrabbit offense thrived and broke numerous school records, such as scoring, total offense and total offense per game.

Eidsness also coached three STATS FCS Walter Payton Award finalists in Taryn Christion, Dallas Goedert and Jake Wieneke.