Rankin removed from coaching position at The University of SD The University of South Dakota will make a change in its football program and will not renew the contract of head football coach Ron Rankin, according to an announcement Nov. 24, by USD Athletic Director Kelly Higgins. A replacement will be announced in the near future.
"This is a very difficult decision but we felt it was time to make a change in our football program," said Higgins. "Ron Rankin has given seven years of faithful service to the university. We wish him well."
Rankin, who was named USD's 22nd head football coach in January 1997, had a two-year mark of 8-14, registering a 5-6 mark in 1997 and a 3-8 mark in 1998. The Coyotes started out fast in 1998 winning the first three games of the season but the Coyotes lost eight in a row to end the year, leaving the Coyotes at the bottom of the North Central Conference (NCC) at 1-8.
Under former coach Creehan, Rankin was USD's assistant head coach and offensive line coach since 1992. Rankin was affiliated with Gannon University in Erie, PA, before coming to USD. At Gannon, he was the school's assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, running back coach and recruiting coordinator. He graduated from Edinboro (PA) University in 1984 with a bachelor of science degree in secondary education.
In USD's 103 years of college football, the Coyotes have a 440-414-34 mark. The Coyotes have nine NCC titles. However, USD has had just one winning season in the NCC (6-3, 1995) since 1987 and last won the NCC in 1978 (5-0-1, 7-4 overall).
"USD has a proud tradition in football and our goal is to reinvigorate our program," said Higgins.