Nick Nissen joins the Bemidji State football coaching staff for his first season in February 2021. Nissen will coach the offensive line and serve as recruiting coordinator after serving the past four seasons as the offensive line coach at Minot State University.
Prior to joining Bemidji State, Nissen was an assistant coach with Minot State since 2016. In addition to coaching the offensive line, he also served as recruiting coordinator and life skills & community service coordinator. Nissen coach two NSIC All-Conference and 11 NSIC All-Academic Team members from the offensive line. During the 2019 season, MiSU ranked sixth in the NSIC with 1,750 rushing yards, a 486-yard increase from 2018. Minot State's offensive line allowed just 13 sacks in 2019, which ranked second in the NSIC and was 19 fewer than in 2018. Nissen recruited and signed the 2019 NSIC Offensive Newcomer of the Year and All-NSIC honoree in Ali Mohamed. Nissen also oversaw 1,200 hours of community service by the football team in each of 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Nissen began his coaching career in 2015 as a graduate assistant coach with focus on the offensive line at Southern Utah University. He helped SUU to a 2015 Big Sky Conference Championship and the program's second-ever appearance in the FCS Playoffs. The Thunderbirds averaged 445.0 yards per game, including 1,990 rushing yards and 3,350 passing yards, in Nissen's lone season.
Nissen was a five-year student-athlete at Southern Utah with experience on both offensive and defensive lines. He was a two-time Big Sky All-Conference performer as an interior offensive lineman and was voted to be a team captain and SUU's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman.
Nissen completed his undergraduate degree at SUU with a bachelor's degree in physical education/exercise science in 2014. He is currently attaining a master's degree in sports management.