Hall of Fame
Welcome to the
Christensen Hall of Fame! This site is dedicated to the athletes,
coaches, and builders that have made a significant impact on the School
of Mines and the athletics department. The accomplishments and
dedication of these these individuals and teams will also be remembered
through the generosity of the Christensen family. Thank you!
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Elaine (Foy) Baker
From 1995 to 1999, Elaine Foy guided the women’s basketball
team from her point guard position. During that time, the Lady Hardrockers
compiled a record of 93-33 (.738), with four SDIC conference championships, one
conference tournament championship, and four national tournament appearances.
With Elaine at the helm, the Lady Hardrockers reached the NAIA Div. II
National Tournament Final Four in 1998 and 1999. She was an SDIC
All-Conference selection and received the “Hustle Award” at the 1999 National
Tournament. She was a fierce defender and possessed very quick
hands. Foy is the all-time Lady Hardrocker assist leader (492); 9th
overall for career steals (203); 11th overall in career three-point goals made;
and 22nd in career scoring (1026).
Shawn was selected to the Hardrocker Hall of Fame as an
all-around athlete. From either the middle or outside position on the
volleyball court, she hit with tremendous power. She was selected as an
All-Conference player in 1984 as a freshman and repeated her selection in 1985
as a sophomore – adding NAIA All-District 12 honors that same year.
Despite her personal achievements, Shawn maintained that
her coaching, both in high school at Sidney, NE and at Tech taught her that
team sports were about the “team,” and she always tried to play with that in
Following her second year, Shawn transferred to the National College of
Business in Rapid City and graduated following a very successful volleyball
career. She credits Coach Felderman and Coach Coble with putting her on a
successful career path as an air traffic controller – a job she has enjoyed for
more than 23 years.
Upon graduation from Milbank High School in 1993, Brian
Goetsch elected to attend the School of Mines, primarily because of its
reputation for academic excellence - extending his athletic career came as a
bonus. A four-year starter on the football team, Brian was known as a
fierce competitor despite his affable nature. He earned All-SDIC honors
during his final season in 1996 as the SDIC Most Valuable Defensive Player,
beating out the NAIA National Defensive Player of the Year from conference
rival University of Sioux Falls.
While he had a great love for football, track and field is
where he excelled. In both the indoor and outdoor seasons of 1996 and
1997, Brian extended numerous school and conference records in the shot
put. He achieved All-American status three times and finished second at
the NAIA national championships during the 1997 indoor and outdoor seasons with
a toss of 56’ 6” at the indoor meet and 56’ 9 ¾” at the outdoor
meet. Brian still holds the SD Mines’ shot put record at 57’ 10 ½” and is
sixth on the Mines’ all-time list in the discus at 157’ 7”. He was an
Academic All-American twice and a member of the National Engineering Society.
Craig came to the basketball program at the School of Mines in 1993 after
two years at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon. Craig
made an immediate impact for the Hardrockers as he led the team in rebounds his
first year with 216 and was SDIC All-Conference. In just two years at the
School of Mines, Craig amassed 1,283 points and 420 rebounds. In his senior
year, he was an All-SDIC selection, SDIC MVP, First Team Argus All-College
Team, and NAIA All-American Honorable Mention. Craig’s career stat line: 21.7
pts/game, 7.2 rbs/game, 57% FG, 81% FT.
As a post player, Craig was extremely physical around the basket but
possessed very good touch from the perimeter, which made him difficult to
defend. Coach Hugh Welsh regarded Craig as one of the best players and
individuals that he ever had the privilege to work with. Craig still holds the
School of Mines record for most points scored in two years and is 14th on the
all-time scoring list.
Rick Wass came to the Hardrockers as an All-State running
back from Hot Springs in the fall of 1975 and made an immediate impact. In
Rick’s first year, the Hardrockers were 5-4 and captured an SDIC
co-championship with Dakota State. During his tenure, the Hardrockers were 15-6
in conference play.
Rick was a four-year letter winner, team captain, and
All-Conference selection in 1978. By his senior year, he had amassed 1,817
rushing yards, mostly from his full back position. He was a hard-nosed
runner, outstanding blocking back, and a sure-handed receiver. His finest
game came in his senior year when he ran for 205 yards on 38 carries against
Black Hills State. Coach Boner and Coach Coyle gave Rick high praise as
one of the keys to the vaunted running attack during some outstanding years in
Hardrocker football history.
Bleeding the school colors of gold and navy blue, Rick hasn’t missed a
single alumni football game in 35 years.