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2016 Hardrocker Soccer Recruits

RAPID CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines men’s soccer head coach Jordan Kadlec is pleased to announce the newest additions to the Hardrocker soccer program for the 2016 campaign.   

“We are extremely excited to announce the addition of 10 scholar-athletes to our roster for the 2016 season. I truly believe that we have added a group of guys who will uphold the guiding principles of not only our soccer program but the SD Mines campus as well,” Kadlec said.  

“Coach (Andrew) Conniff and I have worked extremely hard to fill gaps in our roster and I believe we have succeeded in doing so,” Kadlec added. “We believe all 10 additions bring something significant to our program and will push those currently on our roster to improve every day. We expect many of these 10 new scholar-athletes to push for playing time and starting positions.”


Kyle Daledovich (transfer)

Kyle joined the team this January from the University of Tulsa originally from Missouri where he played with St. Louis Scott Gallagher Academy.

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Honors: Three-year letter-winner at Helias Catholic High School.  First Team All District, Region and State as a senior.


Bradley Day

Bradley is a defender from Arvada, Colorado.  He plays club soccer with Real Colorado Edge Select.

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Honors: Quarterfinals in CHSAA State Tournament, Quarterfinals in CYS State Cup, National Premier League Qualification 2016, Super League Qualification 2016.

Bradley on coming to SDSMT: “I wanted to become an engineer and South Dakota School of Mines is an impressive engineering school that will provide a great education in the field of engineering.”


Justin Barkow

Justin is a versatile attacking player from Longmont, Colorado.  He played at Niwot High School and for Colorado Storm North.

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Honors: Four-year Varsity starter, Senior team Captain, 2014 Time Call Player of the Year, 2014 Northern League Player of the Year, First Team All-State 2014 and 2015, Golden Boot Award 2014 and 2015, Silver Boot Award 2014 and 2015, Offensive Player of the Year 2014 and 2015, High School MVP 2014.

Justin on coming to SDSMT: “The main reason was that the school will allow me to obtain my degree in Mechanical Engineering in a cost effective manner. In addition, I’m looking to be a strong contributor in allowing the men’s soccer team to make history by winning the RMAC and playing in the NCAA Div. II tournament.  Lastly, I chose SD Mines because of its location.  I’m looking forward to being a Hardrocker for the next four years.”


Nick House

Nick comes to SD Mines from Aurora, Colorado where he attends Grandview High School. He provides a physical presence on the field and can play center back or in the midfield. He plays his club soccer with the Colorado Rapids Academy.

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Honors: First Team Academic All-State, Four years on Varsity, Senior Captain, Second Team All-League, Colorado Rapids u18 Captain.

Nick on coming to SDSMT: “The coaching and training staff is energetic and motivational. The team has high potential and are a fun and intelligent group. The academics are very advanced and will lead to a great future.”


Danny Whitfield

Danny is very athletic and can play as a forward or on the wing. Danny is from Bellevue, Nebraska and plays with Bellevue Soccer Club Blue Devils.

Major: Mining Engineering

Honors: All ITG Class A First Team, All-State Honorable Mention, Seventh in State in goals (Class A), Lincoln Journal Star Super-State Honorable Mention.

Danny on coming to SDSMT: “To pursue my interest in Mining Engineering while also being able to continue my soccer career.”


Garrett Bonzell

Garrett is a very technical and skilled player coming from Folsom, California. He currently plays with Placer United Soccer Club and can play in the midfield or on the wing.

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Honors: Fifth Place Spring NPL Champions League (2014), Third Place NPL National Showcase (2014), 2012-2013 San Jose Earthquakes Regional Academy Member, 2012-2013 CYSA Cal North ODP, 2013-2014 CYSA Cal North ODP Sub-Regional Attendee

Garrett on coming to SDSMT: “I chose to attend SD Mines because of the vision the coaching staff have for the future of the program. The school also has an excellent engineering program which will help me progress my professional career.”


Carter Rumsey

Carter is a dynamic player who is very attacking-minded, and can play a variety of positions through midfield and forward. Carter is from Chandler, Arizona and plays with AZ Arsenal Premier.

Major: Computer Science

Carter on coming to SDSMT: “I chose this school because I felt that it fit my academic needs extremely well and in addition I love the outdoor atmosphere that it provides.  On my visit I was able to experience the sincere kindness of the people in Rapid City, overall it was a place that I could see myself calling home.”


Ryan Higginbotham

Ryan is a commanding defender who will join the program from the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Academy. He is from Kirkwood, Missouri.

Major: undecided

Honors: 2015 Missouri State Champion, First Team All-Conference, Districts, and Region, All-State Honorable Mention, Team MVP.


Will Tibbitt

Will is a very intelligent player and attacking-minded defender from Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He plays his club soccer with Rush Pikes Peak and attends high school at Cheyenne Mountain HS.

Major: undecided

Honors: Club team captain past three season, 2015 CYSA u18 Super League Second Place, 2014 CYSA Division 1 Champions, 2014 CYSA State Cup Semi-Finalists, 2013/2014 Colorado 4A State Champions, 4-year varsity letterman and starter, 2014 Academic All-State Honorable Mention

Will on coming to SDSMT: “I chose to become a Hardrocker because the team plays a style of soccer that I would fit into.  Once I visited and saw the campus and stayed with some of the players, I could see myself becoming a part of the team.  Also, meeting Coach Kadlec and getting to know his tactics and plans for the team made me feel comfortable and that I would be receiving high quality instruction.”


Owen Winger

Owen is an attacking midfielder from Missoula, Montana.  He played his high school soccer with Sentinel HS.

Major: mech

Honors: Montana All-State Selection, Twice selected as Academic All-State, 5-Time Selection for ODP Regional Camp, Captained High School team his senior year, 4 year letterman.

Owen on coming to SDSMT: “I was looking for an engineering school and had it down to four.  After research, some campus visits, and a great campus visit in Rapid City where I met Coach Kadlec, SD Mines felt like the best place to succeed academically and athletically.”


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