Phone: (605) 394-2603
|Jerald Schafer - Director of Track and Field & Cross Country - Head Track and Field Coach
Coach Schafer begins his 32nd year at SD Mines with 29 at the helm
of the Hardrocker track & field programs after
serving eight years as an assistant coach at the high school and
collegiate levels. An Adams State College (CO) graduate, coach
Schafer brings the knowledge, experience and tradition for excellence
from that nationally known program to the SDSM&T campus.
During the past 21 years, the Hardrocker cross country teams have
distinguished themselves by winning several men's and women's team
titles at the conference and district level. The "Runnin' Rockers" have
accounted for 41 all-conference honors and eight individual titles
while qualifying 30 runners for the national championship.
On the track, and in the field, SDSM&T has been equally
successful with 74 national competitors, 22 national placers, and 18
All-American honors since 1986. Hardrocker XC and track & field
athletes have been named Scholar-Athlete no less than 62 times. The XC and T&F teams have been named USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams for the past two years.
"Athletics and academics at SDSM&T epitomizes what college
athletics was meant to be," Schafer said. "We combine the best of both
worlds to better prepare student-athletes for the future."
The belief that hard work and dedication can overcome any challenge
is what motivates the athletes on the Hardrocker cross country and
track & field teams to strive for excellence in everything they
do, and the Black Hills and SDSM&T provide the perfect environment
for student-athletes to develop to their fullest potential.
Phone: (605) 394-2686
Steve Johnson - Distance, Jumps, Javelin
Johnson is in his 6th
year at SD Mines and assumed the Head Cross Country role starting in 2014. On
the track he primarily works with the middle distance runners, jumpers and
javelin throwers. Since coming to Mines, Johnson has coached athletes to over 40
school records. Johnson has also coached national qualifiers in the 4x800m
relay, high jump and long jump including Mines 2nd female
All-American, high jumper Madisen Lane.
Johnson also started the SD Mines
Track and Field Clinic. Held every spring, this event is an opportunity for
groups of SD Mines track and field athletes to go out and work with local track
and field teams in a one afternoon clinic setting. The clinics are held free of
As the recruiting coordinator for SD
Mines, Johnson has played a key role in efforts to increase the women’s roster
size and improve the depth of both the men’s and women’s teams.
Prior to coming to Mines he was an
assistant coach at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. While at Mary he
worked with national qualifiers in the javelin and the multi-events. Johnson
also worked at the University of Puget Sound and coached 2 Northwest Conference
triple jump champions and coached Brian Kramer to a national qualifying mark in
the triple jump.
He's also had stints in Lakewood,
Wash., at Pierce College; in University Place, Wash., at Speed Tech; and in
Pullman, Wash., at the Comets Track Club.
Johnson lives in Rapid City with his
wife, Simonne, and two boys, Josh and Zach.
Jim Stephens - Throws
Jim is in his fourth year as throws coach for the
Hardrockers. In that short time his
athletes hold five school records. In his college days, Jim competed at UCLA
under world renown throws coach Art Venegas. After many years in the
business world, Jim decided to join the track and field coaching ranks. Jim
spent two seasons at Black Hills State where he produced 24 national qualifiers
(indoor and outdoor). His athletes reached the finals at the National
Championships 10 times and earned All-American honors five times.
At SD Mines Jim has produced school record holders in the men's and women's hammer throw, weight throw and men's discus as well as SD Mines' first NCAA All-American Brian Freed.
"I look forward to continue to raise the level of
competitiveness in the throws program (at SD Mines) to the NCAA Div. II
level," Stephens said.
Jake Hamik - Hurdles
Jake Hamik joined the Hardrocker Track and Field staff as a volunteer assistant coach working with the hurdle events.
Jake spent two years as a graduate assistant for Northern State,
where he coached one NCAA All-American and two NSIC Conference
Hamik had a stellar athletic career at Northern State University
which included four NCAA Div. II All-American awards, two NCAA Academic
All-American awards, 15 NSIC conference championships, five NSIC Track
Athlete of the Year awards and the South Dakota collegiate record in
the 400-meter hurdles (50.92).