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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2014 Inductees

2014 inductees

   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 Banks 

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.


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.


  Brian Goetsch 

  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 Nelson 

 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 

   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.



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