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
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.
|Offensive Coordinator / Assistant Head Coach / Quarterbacks & Running Backs Coach
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.
2013 – Hardrockers finished season with
6-4 record marking only the 2nd winning season in the previous 25
years of SDSMT football … Recognized as the most prolific offense in the 109
year history of Hardrocker Football … Rocker Offense set mark for most points
scored in a season (384 / 38.4 ppg) … Set school record for total yards in a
season 4268 (426.8 ypg) …
NCAA Division II National Offensive Statistics – SDSMT Hardrockers
#1 Red Zone Offense – 42/43 Scores
(.977) – 36 TD’s (.837)
#4 Fewest Fumbles Lost (3)
#8 Fewest Sacks Allowed (8)
#25 Scoring Offense (38.4 ppg)
2012 -- Hired by new head coach, Stacy
Collins, in January 2012 … Hardrockers completed final season of transition
from NAIA to NCAA Division II … Rockers scored 75 points in mid-season win over
Presentation College …
2011 EOU finished 8-3, just the second
8-win season in 82-year school history ... The 2011 Seniors became the
winningest class in school history with their 25 wins over a 4-year span
... EOU led the Frontier Conference and ranked #15 nationally with 34.6 points
per game ... Mounties defeated defending National Champion and #1 ranked
Carroll College snapping the Saints 44-game Frontier Conference winning streak
... RB Kevin Sampson set a school record for career rushing yards ... Chris
Ware finished his career as the 5th most prolific player in NAIA
history for yards from scrimmage ...
NAIA Division I National Offensive Statistics - Eastern Oregon University
#1 3RD Down
Conversions – 50.3%
Pass Efficiency – 155.9
Total Pass Offense – 2783
First Downs per Game
Total Offense per
Game – 410.0
Scoring Offense per
Game – 34.6
Conversions – 53.3%
2010 -- the Mountie offense ranked 6th
nationally in 1st downs per game (24.8) . . . Ranked 11th
nationally in 3rd Down Conversions (45%) . . . Junior RB Kevin
Sampson had a spectacular 2010 campaign and set the single-season school
rushing record (1302 yds) . . . Sampson also ranked 2nd in the
nation in all purpose yards (1892) and ranked 5th nationally at 119
ypg rushing . . . Junior QB Chris Ware ranked 6th nationally in
total offense (3119 yds) . . .
2009 -- the Mountaineer offense led
the Frontier Conference and ranked tenth nationally in scoring offense at 37.5
points per game . . . Under Tinker’s tutelage Sophomore QB Chris Ware
flourished in the Mountie offense en route to earning Frontier Conference
Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 . . . Ware compiled a spectacular 37-9
TD-Int ratio in 2009 . . . The Mountie offense was not a one-man show, however,
as six different receivers caught 20 balls or more in 2009 led by Jordyn
Jackson’s 60 receptions that included 10 TD’s . .
2008 -- EOU finished 2nd
in the Frontier Conference in scoring at 28.2 ppg … Mounties finished with a
5-1 home record … Eastern put up a remarkable 714 total yards en route to a
76-55 week 4 victory over conference foe Rocky Mountain College …
-- served as
Special Teams Coordinator and Wide Receivers Coach at Southern Oregon University
… Red Raiders finished 5-4 in 2007, their first winning season since 2004 …
2003-2007 -- served as an assistant coach
at his alma matter, Western Washington University … Coached Tight Ends (’03
& ’04) and Offensive Line (’05 & ’06) … Vikings won GNAC conference
crown in 2003 … In 2006, center Loren Winter received All-American recognition
2002 -- Assisted four
seasons at Meridian High School . . .Trojans won Class 2A state championship in
1999 and placed second in 2000
1998 – Played at
Western Washington University … 1995 & 1996 Conference Champions … 1996
NAIA National Runner-Up … 2 year letter-winner … Team’s Most Inspirational
Award Winner in 1998 …
" 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.
|Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs Coach
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
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.
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.
|Defensive Line Coach
Booker came to 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
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.
Coach Erwin joins SD Mines after serving two season as the running
backs and cornerbacks coach at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., as well
as taking on recruiting duties from 2013 to 2014. He attended Augustana College
where he was a student assistant running backs coach, assistant wide receivers
coach and assistant linebackers coach from 2007-2009.
Erwin has also spent time at Northern Michigan University in
Marquette, Mich., (2011-2012) where he was the quarterbacks coach and served
time as the wide receivers coach, video coordinator and did some recruiting.
Before that, he was at Montana State in Bozeman, Mont., (2010-2011) coaching as
a graduate assistant with the wide receivers, assisted with recruiting and
McFadden joins the Hardrockers after coaching at GNAC
opponent Simon Fraser (Burnaby, BC) in 2013. While in Canada, McFadden was the
offensive line coach as well as assisted in game planning and film breakdown.
From 2010-12, McFadden was a graduate assistant offensive
line coach at Wayne State College (Wayne, Neb.). He’s also had stints at the
College of the Desert (Palm Desert, Calif.) in 2009 as the offensive line coach
and as an assistant coach at Pullman High School (Pullman, Wash.).
McFadden graduated from Washington State (Pullman, Wash.) in
2009 and master’s degree from Wayne State in 2014.
Prado started his college football career playing for Glendale Community College
before transferring to Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU). He was a two-time
All-GPAC honorable mention selection, finishing his career with 88 receptions
and 1,078 yards receiving.
After completing his degree at
DWU, Prado earned a bachelor of the Arts in Sport and Exercise Science and a
master’s degree in secondary education from Grand Canyon University (Ariz.).
Prado has enjoyed coaching stints
at San Gabriel High School (Calif.), East Los Angeles College (Calif.)and
Temple High School (Ariz.). Prado has spent the last four seasons with Dakota
Wesleyan where he served as passing game coordinator and offensive coordinator.
Mayo joins the Hardrockers as the
new assistant defensive backs coach. He is a graduate of the University of
Montana via Hellgate High School in Missoula, Mont. During his time at
Hellgate, Mayo served as the varsity quarterback, kicking, and scout team
Mayo has also served stints at
Sentinel High School (Mont.), Rocky Mountain College ( Mont.), Jefferson High
School (Ill.), Auburn High School (Ill) and Billings Outlaws (Mont.) of the
National Indoor Football League. Mayo has
been married to his wife Iman Suleiman for five years.
|Director of Football Operations / Special Teams Assistant
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."
Scott Baird is a 1997 graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University and is in
his sventh 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.