- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota State has named a new running backs coach to round out next season’s staff.

John Johnson has coached at the collegiate level since 2009, most recently as running backs coach at Missouri Southern State.

At SDSU he replaces Nic McKissic-Luc, who took the same job at Youngstown State. SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier announced Johnson’s hiring Monday.

SDSU has three other new assistants. Offensive line coach Jason Eck previously coached at Montana State and Minnesota State Mankato. Safeties coach Jake Dickert is a former defensive coordinator at Mankato and Augustana. Wide receivers coach Robert Arnheim came to SDSU from Upper Iowa.

SDSU began spring practice Monday. Last season the Jackrabbits made their fourth consecutive appearance in the FCS playoffs, finishing in the top 20 in both final polls.

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