|Scott Baird - Head Athletics Trainer
Scott Baird is a 1997 graduate of Dakota
Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., and in his seventh year as the
head athletics trainer at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Before joining the Hardrockers he was an athletic trainer for the
University of Wyoming where he covered both men's rugby and lacrosse.
Scott brings much knowledge and experience to SD Mines Athletic
Medicine Team. Scott is married to Becky, a physical therapist in Rapid
City, for 16 years and has twin girls ---Braedyn and Blakely (age 3).
|Derrick Lecy - Assistant Athletics Trainer
Derrick is in his second year as an assistant athletic trainer for SD
Mines. He is a 2010 graduate of South Dakota State University where he
earned a bachelor's degree in athletic training. While at SDSU Derrick
spent his senior year as a student trainer for the football team and
helped out in all sports as a junior. Before coming a Hardrocker,
Derrick was the head athletic trainer for Douglas High School in Box
Elder. Derrick's parents have a chiropractic firm in Rapid City where he
also works when not assisting the Hardrocker student athletes. Derrick
and his girlfriend Amanda have a baby boy -- Finn (age 2).Derrick's main responsibilities for the Hardrockers will be football.
Torkelson joins the Hardrocker sports medicine team after serving as an athletics training intern
for football and men’s and women’s tennis at Wofford College in Spartanburg,
S.C., where she evaluated and treated the institution’s student-athletes since
January.Torkelson also served as an graduate assistant athletic
trainer at the University of Akron in Ohio (2011-2012) and completed an
internship for the Sioux Falls Storm (S.D.)(2010, 2011). “I’ve been involved in sports medicine for quite a while,”
Torkelson added. “SD Mines is such an awesome place and the student-athletes here
are great. I’m glad I have the opportunity to be a part of this. I’m also happy
to be back in South Dakota. A lot of my family lives in South Dakota and that’s
important to me.” Torkelson responsibilities for the Hardrockers will be sports
medicine for the Lady Hardrocker volleyball program, the SD Mines men’s and
women’s cross country teams and the ‘Rocker football team during game days at
Skavang’s primary duties will be working
with the Hardrocker men’s soccer team.“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with
the men’s soccer program here at South Dakota School of Mines,” Skavang said.
“I am excited to work alongside soccer head coach Joe Burger and assistant coach
Jordan Kadlec. My goal is to provide healthcare services and other needs for
the overall success of the Hardrockers soccer program.” Skavang comes to SD Mines after stints at the Minnesota
Vikings, Wyoming Cavalry, and the University of Wyoming.“I’m excited to have Shaun join the Hardrocker sports medicine team,”
said SD Mines head athletic trainer Scott Baird. “He most recently was at the
University of Wyoming and I know that (NCAA) Div. I training will translate
nicely to our student athletes at South Dakota Mines.”With the Minnesota Vikings, Skavang served as a training
camp and pre-season intern where he assisted with treatment and rehabilitation
of injured players. While at Wyoming Cavalry, Skavang was an athletic trainer
responsible for covering all home games during the 2013 season. From 2011 to
2013, Skavang was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of
Wyoming where he worked with the football team and spirit squad.Skavang is a 2011 graduate of Minnesota State University
where he received a Bachelor of Athletic Training degree. During his time at
Minnesota State, Skavang was an athletic training student where he helped with
several varsity sports including travel assignments with the men’s basketball
games on the road.In addition to his duties at Minnesota State, Skavang also
worked with Mankato East High School football and soccer teams. In May of 2013,
Skavang earned a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health from the
University of Wyoming.
Dr. Duchene joined Black Hills
Orthopedic & Spine Center in 2004. He was fellowship trained in
Sports Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San
Antonio. Along with his special interest in sports medicine, he also
has an interest in joint replacement of the shoulder, hip, and knee.
He also provides care in the areas of trauma and general orthopedics.Along with providing sports medicine
coverage to area high schools, Dr. Duchene serves as the team
orthopedic physician for the South Dakota School of Mines &
Technology. Dr. Duchene has conducted orthopedic research and teaching,
is a published author, and has presented at national physician's
meetings and conferences. Dr. Duchene is a South Dakota native. He and
his wife enjoy western South Dakota where there is a small town feel
with the amenities of a larger community.