COACHES

THE LEADERS OF THE PACK

Kurtiss Riggs

Head Coach/General Manager

Kurtiss Riggs is entering his 18th season as head coach of the Sioux Falls Storm. Under his leadership, the Storm have won 11 League Championships, including consecutive titles from 2005-2008 and most recently, 2011-2016 seasons. With Coach Riggs at the helm, the Storm achieved the longest winning streak of any professional sports team with 40 consecutive wins and compiled a career record of 240- 44.

During his tenure with the team, Riggs has been named Coach of the Year four times – 2004 of the National Indoor Football League (NIFL), consecutively, in 2006-2007 of the United Indoor Football (UIF) and in 2015 of the Indoor Football League (IFL). In addition, Kurtiss led the Storm to back-to-back undefeated seasons in 2006 & 2007. Riggs began his professional football career as a player with the Sioux Falls Cobras in 2000 and continued playing for the Storm in 2001. He began his coaching duties in 2002 as the offensive coordinator before taking over in 2003 as the head coach.

Kurtiss is a 1997 graduate of the University of Sioux Falls. He earned All-American honors after leading the Cougars to the NAIA National Championship and was named National Player-of-the-Year in 1996. As a player, Riggs set numerous conference and national passing records, including 55 touchdown passes in one season, and had the most pass attempts without an Interception at any level with 290 attempts. Kurtiss is currently ranked second all-time on USF’s career passing list. He went on to play professionally in Europe and in numerous indoor leagues after college.

After returning from Europe, Riggs began his coaching career at Roosevelt High School, in Sioux Falls in 1998. Riggs eventually returned to USF to coach quarterback from 2005-2009. While at USF, two of Riggs’ quarterbacks were named National Players of the Year, the team compiled a record of 69-3, and the Cougars won three National Championships. Riggs was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame and the University of Sioux Falls Hall of Fame in 2013 for his collegiate accomplishments.

Away from coaching, Riggs is the owner/director of POWER Riggs Premier Football Academy, which operates at the Sanford Fieldhouse. Kurtiss and his wife, Leisa, live in Sioux Falls year-round with their two children, Peyton and Afton.

Throughout the Storm playing season, be sure to listen to the Kurtiss Riggs Show on KWSN-AM 1230 or KWSN-FM 98.1 every Monday from 6-7 PM.

Brian Hermanson

Defensive Coordinator

Brian Hermanson will be entering his ninth season on the Storm coaching staff.

Earlier in his coaching career, he served as the Defensive Coordinator at Roosevelt High School. He is best known for his remarkable success as the Head Coach at Washington High School from 2005-2012, compiling an 82-16 record during his tenure. Under Hermanson’s leadership, WHS played in the 11AA State Championship game for six consecutive years and won the 11AA state title three of the last four years. Coach Hermanson also sent 51 of his players to play in college, 22 of them with Division I schools.

Brian Hermanson was recognized by South Dakota State University as the 2013 recipient of the Ralph Ginn Award for Coaching Excellence.

Hermanson lettered in football for the Jackrabbits from 1978-80 and was a member of South Dakota State’s NCAA Division II playoff team his junior season.

Andre Fields

Defensive Back/Special Teams Coach

Fields will be entering his ninth season. Andre was a defensive back for the Storm from 2003-09.

Throughout his career, Fields tallied 311.5 tackles, which places him fourth all-time in Storm history. During his 2005 season, he tallied 19 pass breakups, earning him a second ranking in all-team single season records. He completed his playing career with 13 interceptions, ranking sixth all-time and 76 pass breakups, second on the all-time list. He also completed four interception touchdowns, tied for second, all-time. During his post-season career, Andre tallied 70.5 tackles, ranking second in the Storm’s all-time post-season records. Fields started 108 consecutive games and assisted in four Storm championships. In 2005, Andre earned back-to-back First Team All-UIF honors in the cornerback position in 2004 and 2005.

Andre currently resides in Sioux Falls with his family and works as a Territory Sales Representative for Forest Pharmaceuticals.

Cory Johnsen

Defensive Line Coach

Cory Johnsen will be entering his fifth season with the Storm coaching staff.

Cory boasts 10 years of indoor playing experience. Cory, an Aberdeen, SD native, originally came to the Sioux Falls Storm in 2006 and served as the Nose Tackle for 8 Championship seasons. Prior to playing for the Storm, he attended St. Cloud State University, a member of the NCC. Cory saw substantial playing time as a redshirt freshman, started 3 seasons for the team, and was 2nd Team All-NCC his Junior year, a season ending injury plagued his Senior season.

During Cory’s 10 year career with the Storm, he has numerous All League honors, is the Storm’s AllTime Sack leader, tied for 2nd for Career TFL’s, tied for 1st for Career Forced Fumbles, ranks 4th for Career Blocked Kicks, and holds a Career Win-Loss record of 150-16. Cory was a 2017 IFL Hall of Fame Inductee.

Cory, his wife Nikki, and children Marley and Baker currently reside in Sioux Falls. Cory is the Sales & Marketing Manager for the SFSN Media.

Blake Wilson

Wide Receivers Coach

Blake Wilson will be entering his sixth season with the Sioux Falls Storm.

Wilson played wide receiver for the Storm from 2011-2014. Blake played at Southwest Minnesota State University where he found tremendous success as a wide receiver. During his junior and senior years, he tallied over 1,700 receiving yards and scored 24 touchdowns. He was named to the Daktronics AllRegion team as a wide receiver and was also a two-time NSIC All-Conference performer as both a wide receiver and a return specialist.

Blake is a native of Doland, SD, where he led Doland/Conde to its first ever trip to the Dakotadome. During his senior year of high school, Blake rushed for over 1,600 yards and scored 42 touchdowns. He was named MVP of LRC Conference, First Team All-State, Argus Leader Elite 45, and was selected to play in the SD All-Star game.

Blake resides in Sioux Falls with his wife Katie and three daughters. He works at Get Beyond.

Terrance Bryant

Quarterbacks/Running Backs Coach

Bryant will return for his sixth season as Quarterback Coach. He initially retired from indoor football after the Storm’s 2010 championship run which ended with a loss in Billings Montana, but returned for the winning 2013 season. Upon his first retirement, his #5 jersey was also retired.

A career with the Sioux Falls Storm spanning six consecutive seasons, from 2005-10, and again in 2013. Terrance left many achievements in the record books.

Terrance led the Storm as quarterback from 2005-2010, 2013 and created a legacy for himself. He led the Sioux Falls Storm to four straight championships in 2005-08, along with a 40 game winning streak. He is a two-time United Bowl MVP (2006 and 2013) and the UIF League MVP in 2006. In 2007, Bryant earned a UIF Conference All-Star selection.

Terrance Bryant became the first player inducted into the IFL Hall of Fame in 2014. The former Oregon State and led the Storm to five indoor titles as a player and four as a coach.

Bryant continues to be active with football, working with area high school and college students as a coach with the Riggs’ Premier Football Academy.

Vincent Benedetto

Offensive Line Coach

Vince enters his first season as the Offensive Line Coach.

He played collegiately at South Dakota State University as a tight end had 24 receptions for 182 yards and a pair of touchdowns; primarily used as a blocker, Benedetto earned Second-Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors as a fullback during his senior season.

Vince started coaching as a student coach with the offensive line before moving into the role of offensive quality control at his alma mater. He then became the offensive line coach at Roosevelt High School. Vince was named the Head Football Coach at West Central High School in 2019.

Vince, his wife Kendra and daughter reside in the West Central School District. Vince and his wife are both high school teachers at West Central High School.

Jose Jefferson

Player Personnel Director

Jose Jefferson will be entering his second season on the Storm coaching staff.

Jefferson has spent over 25 years in the coaching professional and mentoring young men. He has coaching experience on all three levels; high school, college, and professional. Jose spent 10 years on the high school level, three as a head coach (15-10 record). He has also coached 10 years on the college level (Division III) as an assistant with his highest post being an Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Jefferson has also spent over 25 years of involvement as a player, coach, and management on the indoor level. (AFL, IFL, AF2, NIFL, UIF, and new IFL).

Jefferson played five years in the AFL, two with the Arizona Rattlers (1993-1994) and three with the Iowa Barnstormers (1995-1997). Jose has spent 10 years as an indoor coach, eight as a head coach (87-54 record). He also coached Fred Jackson in Sioux City and sent him to the Buffalo Bills.

Jefferson has also done two NFL internships. One with the Packers and one with the Vikings. He is the Executive Director/Founder of the College Gridiron Showcase (CGS). CGS is the largest post-season college football all-star event in the country; boosting over 250 college seniors seeking opportunities in the NFL. It hosts all 32 teams with over 150 executives and scouts in attendance.

A 1993 USD graduate, Jefferson was an Indoor/Outdoor All-American in Track and Field also a conference and school record holder in the Triple Jump and tying the school record in the 55 meters. Jefferson and his wife, Kari have twin boys – Jeremiah and Jonas.

Trey Gross

Assistant Player Personnel

Trey is entering his third season with the Sioux Falls Storm.

Trey and his family have lived in Omaha, NE for the past nine years, but he is originally from Dallas, TX. Trey graduated with a Sports Management with a coaching concentration and a marketing minor. Trey was the Player Personnel Intern for the 2018 season with the Storm.

Lane Kropuenske

Equipment Manager

Lane will be entering his fourth season with the Sioux Falls Storm.

Lane grew up in Viborg, South Dakota and is currently attending the University of Sioux Falls. Lane is currently studying Sports Management while getting his minor in coaching.

Donnie Hilsenroth

Head of Player Conduct

Hilsenroth will be entering his 17th season with the Storm. This will be his seventh season as head of player control.

Donnie has been with organization since the inception of indoor football, initially as a player, branching out into the coaching position. He coached Special Teams and Linebackers from 2005-09 before entering his current position.

Hilsenroth has impacted the team, since its birth as the Cobras in 2000, leading his team as Team Captain in all his years of play. After his playing career retirement in 2003, his jersey #46 was also retired. For the Cobras, he led the league in tackles and was a First Team All-League selection. During his three seasons playing for the Storm, he was a three-time First Team All-League Linebacker. While playing for the Storm, he earned the league’s Defensive Player-of-the-Year in 2002. He ranks first All-Team in tackles in 2001 and 2002, 102 and 107, respectively. These were also single season records for those years. He tallied 278 career tackles, ranking seventh in All-Team Records. Donnie also accumulated 30 career tackles for loss, ranking eighth. His 11 career sacks earned him an All-Team ranking of ninth and six career forced fumbles, which ranks fourth. In the post-season, he ranks ninth with 13 interception return yards.

Donnie has two children. He currently resides in Sioux Falls and serves as a Sioux Falls Firefighter.