Jerrry Schafer

Jerry Schafer
Head Coach
Phone: (605) 394-2603
jerald.schafer@sdsmt.edu

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.

   

 

  Steve Johnson

 Steve Johnson
Assistant Coach
Phone: (605) 394-2686
steven.johnson@sdsmt.edu

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 charge.

  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 Stephehs web

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 H

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 Champions.

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).

 

 Lillian Temple

Lillian Temple – Jumps

  Lillian Temple joins the coaching staff after a great career as a jumper, sprinter and multi-event athlete for the Hardrockers.  She holds six Hardrocker school records and ranks top ten all-time for the Hardrockers in eleven events.  Lillian is continuing her education as a graduate student in Civil Engineering at SD Mines and works with the jumpers and sprinters.

 Brian Freed head shot  

Brian Freed – Throws

Brian joins the coaching staff after becoming the Hardrockers’ first NCAA All-American and eighteenth overall.  He holds school records in the Discus and Hammer throws and ranks in the top ten all-time in the 35 lb. weight throw and shot put as well.  Brian will help Coach Stephens with throwers and also works with the team’s weight training program.  He is continuing his education in Civil Engineering while in Graduate school here at SDSM&T.

 

 

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