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

 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 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 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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Rob Erwin
Wide Receivers Coach
Phone: 605-394-2604
Email: Robert.Erwin@sdsmt.edu

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 video breakdown.


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Ryan McFadden
Running Backs Coach
Phone: 605-394-2604
Email: Ryan.McFadden@sdsmt.edu

 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.


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Zeke Prado
Tight Ends Coach
Phone: 605-394-2604
Email: Zeke.Prado@sdsmt.edu

  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.


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Marcus Mayo
Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
Phone: 605-394-2604
Email: Marcus.Mayo@sdsmt.edu  

  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 coach.   

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. 

 


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Greg Hodgin
Director of Football Operations / Special Teams Assistant
Phone: (605)-394-2604
Email: Greg.Hodgin@sdsmt.edu

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 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.

 
 

 

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