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Zach Tinker
Head Coach 
Phone: (605)-394-2604
Email: Zachary.Tinker@sdsmt.edu

Zach Tinker was named the head coach of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Hardrockers football program Feb. 25, 2016.

Tinker, who has spent the last four seasons as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the Hardrockers, takes the helm from former head coach Stacy Collins, who resigned to take a position as the special teams coordinator for the Utah State Aggies in Logan, Utah.

“Coach Tinker has been the right-hand man of the Hardrocker football program under Coach Collins. He is the same kind of high-expectations, values-driven leader that we need here,” said SD Mines President Heather Wilson. “I know he likes to win football games. I also know he likes to recruit students who will succeed at SD Mines and help them to develop into leaders in engineering and science.” 

Under Tinker’s direction, South Dakota Mines has become a high-energy offense able to move the ball up and down the football field with ease. Tinker’s style of play and philosophies have yielded a number of Hardrocker team records on the offensive side of the ball, including: total plays, total yards, passing yards, passing attempts, total first downs, and points scored in a season. Tinker was also instrumental in the program earning two winning seasons in the past four years.

“I am honored and humbled that President Wilson and our Athletics Director Joel Lueken have put their trust in me to be the head football coach at South Dakota Mines,” Tinker said. “I’d like to thank Stacy for bringing me to the Black Hills four years ago to help establish Rapid City’s ‘Hometown Team’ at the (NCAA) Div. II level. Our players are anxious to continue preparation for the 2016 season and the challenging schedule that awaits us in our inaugural (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference)  campaign.” Tinker said.

The Hardrocker offense has also been rated high in the NCAA Div. II ranks as the team boasted the No. 1 red zone offense and the No. 25 scoring offense during the 2013 campaign.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Coach Tinker as our next head football coach,” said Hardrocker Athletics Director Joel Lueken. “Zach brings a tremendous amount of energy, passion and (NCAA) Div. II experience to the head football coaching position. He truly understands the term scholar-athlete, and through his leadership we will continue to graduate leaders in science and engineering from SD Mines.”

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.

  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) …

2013 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 ...

2011 NAIA Division I National Offensive Statistics  - Eastern Oregon University

#1   3RD Down Conversions – 50.3%

#7   Pass Efficiency – 155.9

#8  Total Pass Offense – 2783

#8  First Downs per Game – 22.2

#12  Total Offense per Game – 410.0

#15  Scoring Offense per Game – 34.6

#17  4th Down 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 …

2007 --  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 ...

1999 – 2002 -- Assisted four seasons at Meridian High School . . .Trojans won Class 2A state championship in 1999 and placed second in 2000

1995 - 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.



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

RAPID CITY, S.D. --- New South Dakota School of Mines football head coach Zach Tinker’s coaching staff is shaping up with a solid group of coaches. One of the great ones that has been with the Hardrockers for several seasons is George Booker --- who is returning to the staff for 2016 campaign.  This season Booker will coach the defensive front seven, which includes the defensive line as well as the linebackers.  

“George and I are both alums of Western Washington and I’ve known him for many years,” Tinker said. “He has a carried coaching background that has taken him around the United States and through virtually every level of football you can imagine.”  

Booker came to SD Mines in 2013 after two years at Missouri Science & Technology where he was a defensive line and linebackers coach. Prior to that, Booker had served as defensive line coach for his alma mater Western Washington University. He has also spent time on the coaching staff working with the defensive line: at University of Idaho, Sand Diego State (Calif.), Montana State, and Cal Polytechnic State (Calif.).

Booker has also had coaching stints in the NFL, spending the 1998 and 1999 summers with the Minnesota Vikings and with the Dallas Cowboys in 2002.  

“Coach Booker is a man that I trust thoroughly and he is a proven commodity to our University and our football program,” Tinker said. “George’s experience is a valuable asset to our program as we engage in the 2016 RMAC1nvasion.”   

Booker lives in Rapid City with his wife Teddy and three children: Elijah (16), Sydnee (14), and Chloe (12).



Taylor Breitzman
 CO-Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs
Phone: 605-394-2604

Taylor Breitzman joined the Hardrocker football coaching staff in 2015. Breitzman will serve as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the Hardrockers.

“I’m extremely excited to add Taylor Breitzman to our football staff,” said SD Mines head football coach Stacy Collins. “I’ve been around Taylor in a variety of settings and he is a top notch teacher, coach and mentor --- and will be a great asset to our football program. He and his wife, Adele, have become fixtures in the Rapid City community and have embraced the Black Hills lifestyle from day one.”

Breitzman is a graduate of Central Washington University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and Humanities with a concentration in Public Relations and a Masters in Athletic Administration. While at Central Washington, Breitzman played for and coached alongside Collins.

Breitzman served as a student assistant in 2010 as well as an assistant special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach from 2011-2013. During his time at Central Washington, Breitzman helped student-athletes earn accolades including Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Defensive Player of the Year, GNAC Freshman of the Year, and several GNAC All-Conference honors.

In 2013 and 2014, Breitzman coached abroad in the Austrian Football League where he was the head coach and defensive coordinator for the Prague Black Panthers in the Czech Republic. While in Prague, Breitzman lead the Black Panthers to their first Austrian Football League playoff appearance and won their second straight Czech Republic National Championship on his way to being named the 2014 Austrian Football League Coach of the Year.

“Coach Breitzman has been a defensive coordinator and head coach at multiple programs and brings experience, energy, and excitement to our staff,” Collins added.

In the 2014 season, Breitzman served as the head coach and defensive coordinator for the College of Redwoods in Eureka, Cali. While at Redwoods, Breitzman developed three First Team All-Pacific 7 League players, four Second Team All-Pacific 7 League players, and helped the team reach its best grade point average in the last 10 years.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Hardrocker family,” said Breitzman. “I am grateful for the opportunity and look forward to developing our scholar-athletes and working with a great staff.”   

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 Justin Udy
Wide Receivers Coach / Recruiting Coordinator 
Phone: 605-394-2604
Email: Justin.Udy@sdsmt.edu

As South Dakota School of Mines football head coach Zach Tinker settles into his new role at the helm of the Hardrocker program, the first-time head coach has been busy assembling his coaching staff, mixing some existing coaches with a few new ones.  

Wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Justin Udy is entering his second season with the Hardrocker football program. Udy and Tinker are no strangers, as Udy coached the wide receivers last season under then Offensive Coordinator Tinker.   

“I’m beyond excited for the opportunity to continue working with Coach Tinker and the Hardrocker football family,” Udy said.    

Tinker’s and Udy’s history together goes beyond just last season at SD Mines.   

“I had the privilege of playing under Coach Tinker in my time at Eastern Oregon University. (Tinker) has been an outstanding leader and mentor that helped me achieve goals not only on the field, but most importantly in the classroom,” Udy said.  

Prior to his time at SD Mines Udy worked at his Alma Mater, Eastern Oregon University. While coaching at EOU from 2011-2015, Udy worked in several different positions including assistant head coach, special team coordinator and wide receivers coach.  

“Justin Udy is a tremendous mentor to the young men of the Hardrocker program at SD Mines,” Tinker said. “When I coached Justin at EOU, I knew he had the makings of an outstanding coach someday. I have been so impressed with how quickly he has grown in the profession and I have the highest level of trust that he is the right man to lead Air Rock into the RMAC1nvasion.”   

Tinker continued, “He and his fiancé, Shannon, are exemplary citizens of Rapid City and have embraced the vibe of the Black Hills region.”   

With Udy’s positive outlook and energetic attitude toward the success of the program, his second year should certainly net some good results.  

“The program that is in place here at SD Mines is designed around our players’ success in the classroom and community. This Hardrocker football family will be one that alumni and the Rapid City community can be proud to call their own,” Udy said.



 John Hughes
Offensive Line Coach
Phone: 605-394-2604
Email: John.Hughes@sdsmt.edu

South Dakota School of Mines and Hardrocker Athletics are pleased to announce the addition of John Hughes to the Hardrocker football coaching staff. Hughes will serve as the Offensive Line coach for the SD Mines football program for the 2016 campaign.


“I am tremendously excited to join the Hardrocker Family and become a member of Hardrocker head coach Zach Tinker’s staff,” Hughes said. “The coaching staff that Coach Tinker has assembled is young and energetic. I am looking forward to working with them as we enter our first season in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.”  

Hughes is joining the Hardrocker football team after a season at the University of Akron (Ohio). Hughes served as a graduate assistant for the Zips working with the linebackers. Prior to his time at Akron, Hughes served as assistant defensive line coach at Sacramento State University in California. Hughes has also worked as offensive line coach and tight ends coach at his alma mater, Humboldt State (Calif).  

“I have known John since I recruited him to Western Washington University,” Tinker said.  “He is a man of integrity, toughness, intelligence and passion for the game of football. He has already brought a new and exciting dimension to the High Octane ‘Rocker Offense.”  

Hughes played on the offensive line during his time at Humboldt State and was the starting center for the 2011 team that went on to win their conference.

  “John and his fiancé, Kercia, have already embraced the Black Hills vibe as evidenced by their hike to Harney Peak to cement their engagement,” Tinker added “The lessons learned during Coach Hughes’ highly successful career to date will be a valuable weapon as we engage in the RMAC1nvaion.” 

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Eric Raisbeck
Defensive Line / Linebackers Coach
Phone: 605-394-2604
Email: Eric.Raisbeck@sdsmt.edu

South Dakota School of Mines and the Hardrocker football program are pleased to announce the return of Eric Raisbeck who joins the coaching staff as the new defensive line coach.   

Raisbeck previously was a part of the Hardrocker football staff during the 2012 and 2013 seasons and served as assistant strength coach during his tenure in Rapid City. Now Raisbeck will be working with the defensive front seven, including the defensive line and linebackers --- along with George Booker.  

“I am absolutely ecstatic to be back in Hardrocker Country,” Raisbeck said. “I believe the leadership provided by Coach Tinker (head coach) and Coach Breitzman (defensive coordinator) is tremendous and is one of many reasons that I am back. High energy and a ton of passion is what I bring, I look forward to motivating each scholar-athlete both on the field and in their studies.”


Raisbeck has extensive college coaching experience having worked with the football programs at Presentation College, Winona State, Chadron State and the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.  Raisbeck has also coached beyond the college ranks, having stints with the Oslo Vikings in Norway, the Calanda Broncos in Switzerland, and the Milwaukee Mustangs (Wis.) of the Arena Football League.  Raisbeck is currently finishing his Master’s in Education at Winona State (Minn.).  

“I am fired up to bring Coach Raisbeck back to the Black Hills to mentor our front seven and work with our special teams units,” said Hardrocker football head coach Zach Tinker. “He is a passionate on-field coach and consistently brings a High Octane approach to his work.”  

Coach Tinker concluded by saying, “Eric and his fiancé, Randi, will be a welcome addition to the Rapid City community. His experience at SD Mines, along with his previous stint coaching in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference are invaluable assets to our program heading into the RMAC1nvasion.”



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