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Stacy Collins
Head Coach / Special Teams Coordinator
Phone: (605)-394-2604
Email: Stacy.Collins@sdsmt.edu

Coach Collins brings a wealth of experience as the leader of the 'Rocker football team --- along with some familiarity of the program and institution --- as he was previously the defensive coordinator for SD Mines in 2002 under former head coach Darren Soucy.  

With 16 years collegiate football coaching experience, Collins served at Portland State University before taking over as head of the Hardrocker football program in 2012, an NCAA Div. I FCS program, where he was the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator. Prior to that, he spent three seasons with Central Washington University (NCAA Div. II) as the special teams coordinator and linebacker/defensive line coach. 

The Hardrocker head coach's career also included stops at Southern Oregon University in 2007 (defensive coordinator), Idaho State from 2005-06 (linebackers coach), Western Washington from 2003-04 (linebackers coach) and Western Oregon from 1998-2002 (special teams coordinator and linebackers coach). In addition, he spent time in Europe on the coaching staff of the Vienna Vikings (Austria) European League football team as the defensive coordinator and interim head coach from 1999-2001.

Collins played college football at Western Oregon from 1993-97 as a linebacker, graduating with a degree in physical education (1998) and then a Master's in education in 2001. 

Collins, a native of Sutherlin, Ore., has been married to his wife, Mandi since July 2002. The couple has four daughters, Kayla (10), Mackenzie (8), and Kylee (2) and newborn Mackenna.


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Zack Tinker
Offensive Coordinator / Assistant Head Coach / Quarterbacks & Running Backs Coach
Phone: (605)-394-2604
Email: zachary.tinker@sdsmt.edu

Tinker brings a considerable amount of football coaching experience to Rapid City. He joined the Hardrockers after a very successful stint at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Ore., where he was the assistant head coach as well as the offensive and recruiting coordinator (2008-2011). Tinker spent four seasons with the Eastern Oregon Mounties, a NAIA Div. I institution. While there Tinker also served as the quarterbacks coach and wide receivers coach. 

Tinker also made coaching stops at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore., and Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. Over that time he has served as the special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach (2007) at Southern Oregon and was the offensive line coach, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Western Washington (2003-2007)

" I've had the opportunity to work with Coach Tinker at two different universities and I couldn't be more excited to have him take the reins of our offense," Collins said. "He is a tremendous coach and an even better person.  He is professional and passionate and will be instrumental in helping lead our program into Division II football."

As an offensive asset to the Hardrockers, Tinker believes the key to football success is being able to make in-game adjustments, being flexible and to attack personnel match-ups to name a few. He believes an aggressive game plan will net positive results.

 


 

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Jarod Dodson
Defensive Coordinator  / Defensive Backs Coach
Phone: (605)-394-2604
Email: Jarod.Dodson@sdsmt.edu

Dodson brings with him an impressive resume full of college football experience --- not only on the defensive side of the ball, but for the game of football in general. As a defensive coordinator at the University of South Dakota in 2008, Dodson helped guide the Coyotes' defense to a No. 1 ranking in the Great West Conference (NCAA Div. I).

Before becoming a Hardrocker, Dodson was the assistant defensive coordinator at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.) in 2011 and the secondary coach in 2010. In 2009 he was the special teams co-coordinator and defensive back coach for the University of Buffalo in New York.

Dodson was at the University of South Dakota from 2004-2008. Along with defensive coordinator duties, Dodson also held the position of special teams coordinator (2006-2007), offensive passing game coordinator and receivers coach (2005-2006) and was the secondary coach in 2004. And as a graduate assistant at USD from 1998-2000, Dodson helped coach the defensive backs.

During his time at USD, Dodson was chosen as a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2007 and 2008 --- once as special teams coordinator and the other as defensive coordinator. While on the Coyotes' coaching staff, Dodson helped the Coyotes lead the conference in scoring offense, scoring defense, kickoff return defense and kickoff return average in each respective season.

Dodson was also a standout cornerback for the Coyotes in 1996 and 1997, graduating with a bachelor's degree in recreation (1999) then received his master's degree in health and physical education in 2000, again from USD.

Prior to joining the USD coaching staff , Dodson was the defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator at Michigan Tech University from 2000-03.


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Blaine Bennett
Wide Receivers Coach / Pass-Game Coordinator
Phone: (605)-394-2604
Email:  Blaine.Bennett@sdsmt.edu

RAPID CITY --- South Dakota School of Mines football head coach Stacy Collins will be reunited with a familiar coaching colleagues this fall when former Central Washington head coach Blaine Bennett joins the Hardrocker football coaching staff as the new wide receivers coach and pass-game coordinator.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Bennett to the Hardrocker family,” said Hardrocker football head coach Stacy Collins. “Blaine has an extensive background in offensive football and has coached and recruited at the highest levels.”     

Collins worked with Bennett for three years in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) at Central Washington Univeristy in Ellensburg, Wash., where Bennett was head coach of the CWU Wildcats. Bennett served as head coach for CWU from 2008-2012 where he guided Central to four GNAC championships, and finished with a 48-20 record. He also led CWU to two playoff appearances in 2008 and 2009.

Bennett was named GNAC Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2012 and mentored Wildcat quarterback Mike Reilly to a runner-up finish in the Harlon Hill Trophy balloting in 2008 as the top Div. II football player in the country.

“His success and experience in the GNAC as a head coach will be a great asset to our program,” Collins said. “His knowledge of the league will be a great advantage for the Hardrockers these next two seasons before our transition into the (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) in 2016.” 

Bennett has also been a voting member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) during its weekly Div. II national polls and has been the AFCA Div. II All-American coordinator for Region 5. He also became a member of the NCAA Div. II rating committee in 2011.

Bennett graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1983, playing football for his father, Shorty Bennett, and then embarked on a college football career at both the University of Idaho and Whitworth College. A 1988 graduate of Whitworth with a degree in secondary education and math, Bennett spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Washington State University, adding a Master’s degree in physical education from WSU in 1990. He also spent one season as the offensive coordinator at California State University, Chico (Chico State) and one year as wide receivers coach at Idaho.

As a collegiate head coach, Bennett spent six seasons as the head coach at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ore., compiling a 27-32 record from 1995-2000. During that time, he helped guide the school through a transition from the NAIA to NCAA Div. II ranks, leading the Wolves to the NAIA playoffs and a Columbia Football Association championship in 1997.

Following his coaching stint at WOU, which also included three seasons as an assistant coach, Bennett spent six years at the NCAA Div. I level as an assistant coach. He was the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator under Joe Tiller at Purdue University from 2001-05 before becoming the assistant head coach at Michigan State University under John L. Smith in 2006. While at Purdue, he coached current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton.

“I have played and coached for Coach Bennett and I’m thrilled that our scholar athletes will have the opportunity to work with a coach with his integrity and experience,” Collins added.

Bennett has been married to wife Melissa for 24 years. The couple has three children, sons Blaine John (22) and Matthew (19), and daughter Brianne (21).


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Ken Ackerman
Offensive Line Coach / Video Coordinator
Phone: (605)-394-2604 
Email: Ken.Ackerman@sdsmt.edu  

Coach Ackerman is the Hardrocker offensive line coach. He spent time at Humboldt State, serving as tight ends coach and a graduate assistant from 2010-11. In his playing days, Ackerman was an outstanding offensive lineman at the University of Nevada - Reno (NCAA Div. I) where he started 28 games and earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors, as well as the Striker Award for Athletic Performance during his senior year.  Ackerman has also spent time in the professional ranks, competing in the Indoor Football League for the Reno Barons (Nev.) and the Tri-Cities Fever (Wash.) from 2010-11.


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Gino Polastri
Linebackers Coach / Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Phone: (605-394-2604
Email: Gino.Polastri@sdsmt.edu

Coach Polastri came to SD Mines from Chadron State (Neb.) where he was coaching the defensive line and was an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Originally from Sacramento, Calif., Polastri played college football at American River College (Calif.) and then transferred to Concord University (Va.). He began his coaching career as a student-assistant before taking the defensive coordinator position at American River College in 2007. He was then a graduate assistant in 2008 at the University of Nebraska -Kearney and joined the strength and conditioning staff at the University of Wisconsin (NCAA Div. I) in 2009. Polastri also earned experienced in 2010 coaching defensive backs at Fort Lewis College (Colo.) before signing on at Chadron.


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Eric Raisbeck
 Tight Ends Coach
Phone: (605)-394-2604
Email: Eric.Raisbeck@sdsmt.edu  

Coach Raisbeck came to SD Mines with an array of coaching experience ranging from high school to professional football. Before SD Mines, Raisbeck spent his time at Winona State University (Minn.) as the defensive line coach while assisting special teams. Collins is looking forward to what Raisbeck will contribute on and off the field. 

Raisbeck's coaching career started at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in 2008, followed by Madison West High School (Wis.), Belleville High School (Wis.), the Milwaukee Mustangs (Arena Football League), and Chadron State College (Neb.).   

Prior to beginning his coaching career, Raisbeck spent his college days playing at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.  While there Raisbeck earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education Teaching.  To further his education, he is currently working on earning his Masters of Science in Education through Winona State University.      


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Lonnie Messick
Outside Linebackers Coach
Phone: (605)-394-2604
Email: Lonnie.Messick@sdsmt.edu  

Lonnie Messick returns to the South Dakota School of Mines after spending a year as a the linebackers coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State in Alva, Okla. Lonnie becomes the new outside linebackers coach for the Hardrockers.

 Messick  was the special teams coordinator and linebackers coach for the Hardrockers from 2006-2011. Prior to working at South Dakota Mines, Messick worked as the linebackers coach at Kent State University (Canton, Ohio) from 2002-2005. From 1998-2002, he was the head coach at Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) and prior to that he was the head coach and athletics director at Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas. In 1995-96 he was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Fredericksburg Generals (Fredericksburg, Va.) of the Mason-Dixon Football League.

 He has an extensive past with the United States Armed Forces. He was an officer in the US Marine Corps and coached at the US Naval Academy. Messick was the head coach of the varsity lightweight football team from 1985-1988 and served as head coach for the USMC interservice football in Pearl Harbor, Ha., Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Parris Island, S.C.

 Messick retired from the Marine Corps in 1997 as a Lieutenant Colonel following 28 years in the service.  essick graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in education. He and his wife Virginia reside in Rapid City. Their family includes daughter Jessica and son Scott and his wife Deirdre and twins Jake and Matt, and daughter Caroline.

 


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George Booker
Defensive Line Coach
Phone: 605-394-2604
Email: George.Booker@sdsmt.edu

 Booker joins the Hardrockers after serving two years on the Missouri S&T staff, where he served as the defensive line coach in 2011 and linebacker coach in 2012.

Booker also served a stint at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., where he was the defensive line coach for the Vikings and assisted the defensive unit on run defense adjustments and pass protection schemes, while also managing the team’s video personnel. He also handled the administrative support for recruiting multi-cultural students and athletes at WWU.

Prior to his term at Western Washington, Booker has coached at the University of Idaho, San Diego State University (Calif.), Montana State University and Cal Polytechnic State University (Calif.), handling the defensive line coaching duties at each of those stops. Booker was also an assistant coach at Saint Monica Catholic High School in California, where coordinated the defensive line and served as the team’s academic advisor.

“George has worked at a multiple NCAA Div. II Institutions that incorporate a high academic standard,” Collins said. “The same type of student-athlete that we desire here at South Dakota Mines. It’s nothing new for him.”

In addition, Booker served for three seasons in the National Football League’s Billl Walsh Coaching Fellowship, spending the 1998 and 1999 summers with the Minnesota Vikings and 2002 with the Dallas Cowboys.

Booker was an all-league performer as a defensive tackle and center at Saint Monica Catholic during his high school career and was an all-league defensive tackle at Western Washington in 1992, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science and recreation in 1993.

George is married to his wif, Teddy since 2012 and has three children, Elijah, 15; Sydnee, 13; and Chloe, 11.


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Greg Hodgin
Director of Football Operations / Special Teams Assistant
Phone: (605)-394-2604

Greg Hodgin is a native of Rapid City where he played football for the Rapid City Stevens Raiders, graduating in 1999. This will be Greg's fourth season coaching at the college level with the Hardrockers.

This past June Greg married his fiancé Linda and are living happily with their two kids -- Natalie (age 8) and Ava (age 5).

Greg was the running backs coach for the last three years and was proud to coach the Hardrockers all-time leading rusher Jamie Dale, who played professional football in Germany.

"I am excited for the opportunity to help the Hardrockers in any way I can and I am glad to be here at South Dakota School of Mines."


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Scott Baird
Head Athletic Trainer
Phone: (605)-394-6870
Email: Scott.Baird@sdsmt.edu
Scott Baird is a 1997 graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University and is in his fifth year as head athletic trainer at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  Before joining the School of Mines Athletic Department, he was an athletic trainer for the University of Wyoming where he covered both men's rugby and lacrosse. He brings much knowledge and experience to the SD School of Mines Sports Medicine Team.  Scott has been married to Becky, a Physical Therapist in Rapid City, for 17 years and have twin girls -- Braedyn and Blakely.

 
 

 

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