Phone: (605) 394-2603
|Jerald Schafer - Director of Track and Field & Cross Country - Head Track and Field Coach
Coach Schafer begins his 33rd year at SD Mines with 30
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
On the track, and in the field, SDSM&T teams have
been 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 63 times. The XC and T&F teams
have been named USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams for the past three 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
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 7th
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.