|Head Coach: Steve Johnson
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.
|Director of Cross Country: Jerry Schafer
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.
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
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.
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.