Steve Johnson


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

Johnson is in his 6th year at SD Mines and assumed the Head Cross Country role starting in 2014. On the track he primarily works with the middle distance runners, jumpers and javelin throwers. Since coming to Mines, Johnson has coached athletes to over 40 school records. Johnson has also coached national qualifiers in the 4x800m relay, high jump and long jump including Mines 2nd female All-American, high jumper Madisen Lane.  

Johnson also started the SD Mines Track and Field Clinic. Held every spring, this event is an opportunity for groups of SD Mines track and field athletes to go out and work with local track and field teams in a one afternoon clinic setting. The clinics are held free of charge.  

As the recruiting coordinator for SD Mines, Johnson has played a key role in efforts to increase the women’s roster size and improve the depth of both the men’s and women’s teams.  

Prior to coming to Mines he was an assistant coach at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. While at Mary he worked with national qualifiers in the javelin and the multi-events. Johnson also worked at the University of Puget Sound and coached 2 Northwest Conference triple jump champions and coached Brian Kramer to a national qualifying mark in the triple jump.    He's also had stints in Lakewood, Wash., at Pierce College; in University Place, Wash., at Speed Tech; and in Pullman, Wash., at the Comets Track Club.  

Johnson lives in Rapid City with his wife, Simonne, and two boys, 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.

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