S.D. –South Dakota School of Mines announced Friday that Stacy Collins has
resigned as the Hardrocker football head coach to take the special teams
coordinator position at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.
has done a great job for SD Mines. We will miss his leadership and positive
attitude on campus, and we wish him nothing but the best in his new role,” said
SD Mines President Heather Wilson.
at the helm of the Hardrocker program for four seasons where he amassed a won-loss
record of 16-27. In that time, he guided the Hardrockers to two winning seasons
“I would like
to sincerely thank President Heather Wilson and Athletics Director Joel Lueken
for their unwavering support, guidance and commitment to our scholar-athletes
and this football program,” Collins said. “The faculty, staff and student
organizations here on campus have been phenomenal supporters. We have a group
of dedicated boosters who have allowed us to make the NCAA Div. II transition a
successful one that has a bright future.”
control of the SD Mines football program in 2012, helping transition the
program from NAIA to NCAA Div. II. After one season as an independent (2013),
Collins was instrumental in helping SD Mines become a member of the Great
Northwest Athletic Conference for the past two years. The Hardrockers will join
the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this fall.
Hardrocker Athletics family wants to thank Coach for his service to SD Mines
and wish coach Collins and his family nothing but the best of luck,” said
Hardrocker Athletics Director Joel Lueken. “Coach Collins has been a true
servant leader within the campus community and in Rapid City. I speak for the
entire athletic department when I say it has been a privilege to work with
Collins has 18
years of collegiate football coaching experience. Before taking over SD Mines,
he served at Portland State University, an NCAA Div. I FCS program, where he
was the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator. Prior to that, he
spent three seasons with Central Washington University (NCAA Div. II) as the
special teams coordinator and linebacker/defensive line coach.
also included stops at Southern Oregon University in 2007 (defensive
coordinator), Idaho State from 2005-06 (linebackers coach), Western Washington
from 2003-04 (special teams coordinator and linebackers coach) and Western
Oregon from 1998-2002 (special teams coordinator and linebackers coach). In addition,
he spent time in Europe on the coaching staff of the Vienna Vikings (Austria)
European League football team as the defensive coordinator and interim head
coach from 1999-2001.
college football at Western Oregon from 1993-97 as a linebacker, graduating
with a degree in physical education (1998) and then a master’s in education in
native of Sutherlin, Ore., has been married to his wife, Mandi, since July
2002. The couple has four daughters, Kayla (12), Mackenzie (10), Kylee (4) and
Utah State is
an NCAA Div. I football program in the Mountain West Conference. Under the
direction Matt Wells, the Aggies have won three consecutive FBS bowl games and
appeared in four straight. Collins starts his new position Monday in Logan,
“I would also
like to thank everyone at South Dakota Mines and the Rapid City community for
the opportunity to serve as the head coach of the Hardrocker football program
for the last four seasons. This has been a tremendous place to live and work. I
would like to give a special thanks to the administration for all their support
during my tenure here. That includes the late Dr. Robert A. Wharton and former
Athletics Director Dick Kaiser for giving me the initial opportunity to be the head
coach of the Hardrockers,” Collins said.
like to give my deepest appreciation to the Hardrocker football assistant
coaches and our scholar-athletes who have worked tirelessly to build the SD
Mines football program into a team that develops leaders in the community,
classroom and the football field,” Collins added.