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Jeff Tisdel
Biographical details
Born (1956-01-10) January 10, 1956 (age 64)
Playing career
Position(s)Quarterback
Head coaching record
Overall23–22 (college)
117–41–1 (junior college)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
3 Northern California Athletic League (1989, 1991–1992)
2 Big West Conference (1996–1997)
2 Bay Valley Conference (2002–2003)
1 Mid-Empire Conference (2004)
2 Valley Conference (2007–2008)

Jeffrey Michael Tisdel (born January 10, 1956) is a former American college football coach. He was the head coach at Sierra College, a junior college in Rocklin, California from 2000 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2012. Noteworthy accomplishments include coaching the Nevada Wolf Pack in its first Division I-A bowl victory in the 1996 Las Vegas Bowl against Ball State and, between 2002–05, leading Sierra College to a nation-leading 37-game winning streak. Tisdel was also the first quarterback for Nevada to play in Division I-AA, moving up from Division II in 1978 and the first quarterback to play for Chris Ault, who became a member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002. After taking the 2006 season off, Tisdel returned to coaching his Sierra College team which ended the 2007 season ranked fifth in the nation by JCGridiron.com.

Coaching careerEdit

Tisdel has experienced his greatest successes at the junior college level, especially at Sierra College, where he brought a relative no-name program to national prominence at its level of competition by collecting three conference championships and, in his first year there, brought Sierra College to second place in the Bay Valley Conference. He also had notable success in his first head coaching position at Sacramento City College, where his teams won three Northern California Athletic League championships and where some players on his old teams still remain in the record books.

Tisdel's brief foray into coaching at the NCAA I-A record is somewhat more mixed, however. After his first year coaching at Nevada, when his team won the Big West Conference Championship and notched Nevada's first victory in an NCAA I-A bowl game, his teams were consistently mediocre until, in 1999, he coached Nevada to its worst record since 1975 at 3–8 and was fired after the end of the season. In his defense, Nevada's schedule became progressively more difficult as his tenure went on. Also, his successor, Chris Tormey, coached Nevada to an even more futile 2–10 record the next year, the worst record since Dick Trachok's 1964 1–9 campaign and was fired after the end of the 2003 season.

Head coaching recordEdit

CollegeEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Nevada Wolf Pack (Big West Conference) (1996–1999)
1996 Nevada 9–3 4–1 T–1st W Las Vegas
1997 Nevada 5–6 4–1 T–1st
1998 Nevada 6–5 3–2 T–2nd
1999 Nevada 3–8 2–4 6th
Nevada: 23–22 13–8
Total: 23–22
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

Junior collegeEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Sacramento City College Panthers () (1989–1993)
Sacramento City College: 38–12–1
Sierra Wolverines () (2000–2005)
2000 Sierra 5–5 3–2 2nd
2001 Sierra 6–5 4–1 2nd L Shrine Bowl
2002 Sierra 10–1 5–0 1st W Shrine Bowl
2003 Sierra 11–0 5–0 1st W Shrine Bowl
2004 Sierra 11–0 5–0 1st W Shrine Bowl
2005 Sierra 9–2 3–2 2nd W Holiday Bowl (JC)
Sierra Wolverines () (2007–2012)
2007 Sierra 9–2 5–0 1st L Hawaiian Punch Bowl (JC)
2008 Sierra 10–1 4–1 1st W Premier West Bank Bowl (JC)
2009 Sierra 5–6 3–2 1st
2010 Sierra 3–7 0–5
Sierra: 79–29
Total: 117–41–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.
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