Steve Johnson


Head Coach: Steve Johnson
Phone: 605-394-2386

Johnson, who had been the assistant cross country and track & field coach for the past fie season for the Hardrockers, will start his first year as the head coach.

“Both the men’s and women’s cross country  programs have made huge strides over the last few years and I’m excited about leading them in their RMAC debut this fall,” Johnson said. “We have some terrific student-athletes returning and have some pretty strong runners coming in as well. I am looking forward to my expanded responsibilities with our distance runners in the fall and I’m excited that I will continue to be able to work with our jumpers, javelin throwers and 400- and 800-meter runners during the track season.”

Johnson has been the Hardrocker assistant coach for cross country and track and field for the past five years. This will be his first opportunity to assume a head coaching position and will continue to perform his assistant duties during the track and field season.

 Previously Johnson was an assistant coach at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.  He's also had stints in Lakewood, Wash., at Pierce College; in Tacoma, Wash., at University of Puget Sound; in University Place Wash., at Speed Tech; and in Pullman, Wash., at the Comets Track Club.

  Johnson comes to Rapid City with his wife Simonne and sons Josh and Zach.



 Jerrry Schafer

Director of Cross Country: Jerry Schafer
Phone: (605)-394-2603

After nearly 30 years at the helm, Jerry Schafer has step down as head coach of the Hardrocker cross country teams. Schafer will remain as the head coach of the Hardrocker track and field program and will still be involved with Hardrocker cross country as the Director of Cross Country / Track and Field.

 “I still have oversight over the cross country program, I’m just no longer the head coach,” Schafer said. “Steve and I have essentially switched roles in the fall. This gives me the opportunity to focus my time strictly on the track and field teams.”

Before joining the Hardrocker coaching staff Schafer served eight years as an assistant coach at the high school and collegiate levels.  An Adams State College (CO) graduate, coach Schafer brings the knowledge, experience and tradition for excellence from that nationally known program to the SD School of Mines campus.

 During the past 20-plus years, the Hardrocker cross country teams have distinguished themselves by winning several men’s and women’s team titles at the conference and district level.  The “Runnin’ Rockers” have accounted for 31 all-conference honors and five individual titles while qualifying 28 runners for the national championship.

On the track and in the field the Hardrockers have been equally successful with 43 national competitors, 16 national placers, and 12 All-American honors since 1986.  Hardrocker track & field athletes have been named Scholar-Athlete no less than 12 times. 

The belief that hard work and dedication can overcome any challenge is what motivates the athletes on the Hardrocker cross country and track & field teams to strive for excellence in everything they do, and the Black Hills and SDSM&T provide the perfect environment for student-athletes to develop to their fullest potential.






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    Coaches Luncheon Sept. 17

  • Hardrocker Luncheion Sept. 11

    Hardrocker Luncheion Sept. 11

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    New AD Press Conference

  • Great Day to be a 'Rocker

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