Coach Collins brings a wealth of experience as the new 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 14 years collegiate football coaching experience, Collins most
recently served at Portland State University, 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 new 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
"Stacy Collins is an outstanding young, but multi-experienced, coach
that has been preparing to become a head coach at the NCAA Div. II level
for several years," said SD Mines AD Dick Kaiser. "He has taken all the
appropriate professional steps and shouldered many additional
responsibilities to prepare him for this opportunity and I truly believe
he is ready."
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.
As the 35th head coach for the Hardrocker football
program, Collins takes over the football program from Dan Kratzer, who
retired at the end of the 2011 season. After back-to-back 1-9 seasons,
Kratzer posted consecutive .500 marks (5-5) followed by the most
successful campaign in over a decade during 2010 with a 7-3 showing, a
slew of national rankings and an opportunity to play for a Dakota
Athletic Conference championship and chance to advance to the NAIA
playoffs. SD Mines finished 2011 with a 1-10 overall record.
"I look forward to working with AD Kaiser to continue building the
Hardrocker football program into a quality NCAA Div. II program --- one
Coach Kratzer capably developed the foundation for over the past seven
years," Collins said.
Collins, a native of Sutherlin, Ore., has been married to his wife,
Mandi since July 2002. The couple has three daughters, Kayla (8),
Mackenzie (6), and newborn Kylee.
|Offensive Coordinator / Assistant Head Coach / Quarterbacks & Running Backs Coach
Tinker brings a considerable amount of football coaching experience
to Rapid City. He joins 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.
"I'm extremely excited to add Zach Tinker to the Hardrocker coaching
staff," Collins said. "He has a proven background as an offensive
coordinator and will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the
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
" 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 matchups to name a few. He believes an
aggressive game plan will net positive results.
|Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs Coach
"I am extremely excited to add Coach Dodson to our coaching staff. He
has a proven background as a defensive coordinator and brings a strong
background of recruiting to the state of South Dakota," Collins said.
"Jarod understands (NCAA) Div. II football and what type of
student-athlete we need to recruit here at the School of Mines to be
successful. We would like to welcome him and his family to the Black
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).
Most recently 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
"It's an exciting time in Hardrocker football," Collins said. "With
his dynamic personality as a coach and as a person, Coach Dodson will
add that much more to it."
|Wide Receivers Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Coach Hyman joins the Hardrockers after serving two years as an
offensive graduate assistant for the University of Texas - El Paso
Miners (NCAA Div. I). Before that he was an assistant strength and
condition coach at the University of Southern California (NCAA Div. I)
from 2009-10 and also logged nine years on the coaching staff at Delta
College in Stockton, Calif., serving in several key roles for the
offense. At South Dakota School of Mines, Hyman will coach the wide
receivers along with the kickoff and punt returners. He has valuable
experience at the position from his playing days at Humboldt State
(Calif.) as a standout receiver from 1994-96.
"Coach Hyman is a high-energy guy, who coaches with great passion.
He came highly recommended from several coaches that I know extremely
well and in his short time here has done an outstanding job," Collins
said. "He has a wide range of coaching experiences and will do a great
job with our wide receiver group and will also serve as our recruiting
Coach Ackerman, the new Hardrocker offensive line coach, also 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.
"Coach Ackerman has a strong background both playing and coaching the
offensive line," Collins said. "He was a standout center for the
University of Nevada-Reno and was instrumental in turning around the
Humboldt State football program as their tight ends coach. His
familiarity with the pistol offense will be an invaluable teaching tool
to our players."
|Linebackers Coach / Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Coach Polastri comes 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.
"Coach Polastri brings a strong resume to our defensive staff. He
has played and coached at the D2 level and understands what it will take
for us to be successful in our transition," Collins said. "He has
worked with some outstanding defenses at both Chadron State and
Nebraska-Kearney and I'm anxious to watch him develop our defensive
Coach Raisbeck comes to SD Mines with an array of coaching experience
ranging from high school to professional football. Most recently,
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.
"Eric has a strong D2 background and has coached at several
successful programs," Collins said. "He's a great addition to our
offensive staff and will bring expertise to both our special teams and
strength and conditioning program."
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.
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.
|Defensive Line Coach
The newest addition to the Hardrocker coaching staff for the
2013 season is defensive line coach George Booker. 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.
“We are excited to have George as a member of the Hardrocker
football staff,” Collins said. “George brings a wealth of coaching knowledge
and experience at the defensive line position as well as a personable,
professional coaching demeanor which will play a key role in developing our
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, 14; Sydnee, 12;
and Chloe, 10.
|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 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 16years and
have twin girls -- Braedyn and Blakely.