Jerrry Schafer

Jerry Schafer
Head Coach
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 campus.

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 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

Steve Johnson - Distance, Jumps, Javelin


Johnson is in his 7th year at SD Mines and 2nd year as the Head Cross Country Coach. In his first year with the cross country programs both the men’s and women’s teams achieved their highest team finishes ever at the NCAA DII Regional Championships. The program saw its first USTFCCCA All-Academic individual in addition to earning All-Academic team honors for both the men’s and women’s teams for the 3rd straight year.

On the track Coach Johnson primarily works with the 400m, middle distance runners, jumpers and javelin throwers. Since coming to Mines, Johnson has coached athletes to 55 school records. In 2015 he coached athletes to 4 first-team All RMAC honors and had athletes achieve National Qualifying marks in the High Jump, Triple Jump and the Javelin Throw. Johnson has also coached national qualifiers in the 4x800m relay and the long jump. In 2011 he coached 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.


 Brian Freed head shot  

Brian Freed – Throws

Brian begins his second year with 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 (2nd) and shot put (3rd) as well. Brian will Coach the throwers as he completes his graduate program in Civil Engineering here at SDSM&T.



  • Hardrocker Luncheon Nov. 4

    Hardrocker Luncheon Nov. 4

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    Hardorcker Lunch Oct. 28

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    Hardrocker Luncheon Oct. 7

  • 2015 Hall of Fame Ceremony

    2015 Hall of Fame Ceremony

  • Hardrocker Luncheon Sept. 16

    Hardrocker Luncheon Sept. 16

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    Hardrocker Luncheon Sept. 2, 2015

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