scott Baird  

Scott Baird - Head Athletics Trainer 
Office: 605-394-6870
Cell: 307-258-8642

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

Derrick Lecy - Assistant Athletics Trainer
Office: 605-394-5150

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.

Dawn Torkelson

Dawn Torkelson - Assistant Athletics Trainer
Office: 605-394-5150
Cell: 605-521-3104

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 O’Harra Stadium.

 Shaun Skavang

Shaun Skavang - Intern Athletics Trainer
Office: 605-394-5150

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. Clark Duchene - Hardrocker Athletics Physician
Office: 605-341-1414

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. 


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