Yellow Jacket Football Camps
Defensive Coaching Staff
Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Coach Schneider enters his sixth year on the Black Hills State University Football staff. After coaching the special teams and linebackers for the past five years, Schneider will take the reigns of the Yellow Jacket defense as the new defensive coordinator.
"I am very excited to retain Coach Schneider and promote him to defensive coordinator," said head coach John Reiners. "I have watched him the past three years as the Specials Teams Coordinator/LB Coach and believe he is ready to take the next step. Coach Schneider brings nine years' worth of experience with our defense both as a player and a coach and will continue the tradition of our strong Yellow Jacket defense."
Schneider is another coach that found his way to the Yellow Jacket coaching staff after an outstanding career at Black Hills State. Prior to his coaching tenure, Schneider played outside linebacker for the Yellow Jackets from 2003-2006. During time on the field at Black Hills State, Schneider was a four-year starter for the Yellow Jackets. Schneider earned 1st Team All-DAC and Victory Sports Network All-American honors for his efforts on the gridiron.
Schneider, a native of Gillette, Wyoming, played high school football for Campbell County under the direction of John Scott and John Cundall. During his four years of competing at the high school level, the Campbell County High School football team made it to four straight Wyoming State Championship title games.
Assistant Coach - Special Teams/Defensive Backs
Black Hills State University head football coach John Reiners announced Tanner Tetrault as an assistant coach of the Yellow Jacket football team. Tetrault returns to Black Hills State where he was a two-time All-American, four-time All-Conference selection, and one time Conference MVP as a defensive back.
Tetrault joins the Yellow Jacket coaching staff to take over the reins as special teams' coordinator and defensive backs' coach. During his previous tenure at Black Hills State, Tetrault started all four years at the safety position and played a key role in leading the Yellow Jackets to two DAC Conference Championships and two NAIA Football Playoff appearances.
Tetrault, a native of St. Onge, South Dakota, graduated from Black Hills State in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Science in Wellness Management. After earning his degree, Tetrault began his coaching career as a defensive coordinator at Bennett County High School. Following his stint at Bennett County, Tetrault went on to serve for two years as a graduate assistant coach and receive his Master's Degree in Sports Organization at Chadron State College in 2011. After earning his master's, Tetrault took over as special teams' coordinator for the Eagles.
"Tanner was a "must hire" when I got the job as head coach," said John Reiners. "Like Coach Schneider he is a Black Hills State University alum and getting him back in the hills is tremendous. I have been able to watch Coach Tetrault at camps and was able to visit with many of the coaches that he was under for the past two years and they all said the same thing to me, "Tanner is a great hire, if you can get him.""
Tetrault was a three-sport standout at Spearfish High School where he competed in football, basketball, and track & field. Tetrault helped lead the Spartans to numerous state tournaments and was a member of the 2002 State Championship team in basketball.
Tetrault was the first of three family members to join the Yellow Jacket football family. Tanner's cousin Tyler was a standout linebacker and his younger brother, Tonn, is currently an offensive lineman for Black Hills State.
Assistant Coach - Defensive Line
Coach Donney joined the Jackets Football program in 2009 as the outside linebackers and long snapper coach. He quickly came to love a term called "Jacket Football", which is an acronym for the players hard nose attitude and "never give up" style of football played at BHSU. This is his second season as the Defensive line coach, a position he has coached for the majority of his 23 years of coaching. He has also coached defensive backs, inside linebackers, receivers, and offensive line.
He has coached at Fort Dodge Senior High School (4A) and Iowa Central Community College (ICCC) both located in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was born in Spencer, Iowa and is a 1977 (Automotive Science) and 2006 (AA) graduate of ICCC.
Tom and his wife, Patti, have been married 32 years and have three children. They live in the Spearfish area during the fall and spent most the rest of the year back in Fort Dodge, Iowa where they have multiple business and farm interests. They hope to move to Spearfish full-time someday.
Their three children are, Luke, 28, an ISU graduate and works at a nuclear power planet as an Electrical Engineer.
Nate, 26, a senior at UNI, is also a Staff Sergeant in the US Army and is fresh back from another deployment. He is currently away on training at Fort Bragg.
Sarah, 25, who is working on her second MA in counseling at UNI. She is working part time as a counselor at St. Edmund School in Fort Dodge and has an undergrad degree in broadcast journalism. She is married to Chris Thorsbakken who has a Construction Management degree from UNI. Chris is also a F16 Crew Chief in the Iowa Air National Guard and returned home from Afghanistan this May. He is now employed at Fort Dodge Transmission where he runs the service department for Tom and Patti's business.
Tom is also a level 2, USA Boxing coach. Tom has a large collection of old Saab automobiles and also holds 2011 & 2012 World Land Speed Records at Bonneville Salt Flats in a vintage 1967 Saab Sonett outfitted in BHSU Yellow Jackets green and yellow.
Student Coach - Linebackers
Student Coach - Defensive Line