Hardrocker Football adds depth to coaching staff
Release Date Tuesday, August 19, 2014
RAPID CITY, SD --- South Dakota School of Mines head football coach Stacy Collins is pleased to announce the addition of Marcus Mayo and Zeke Prado to the Hardrocker coaching staff for the 2014 season.

“We are extremely excited to welcome coach Mayo and coach Prado to the Hardrocker family,” Collins said. “They both bring a wealth of knowledge and I believe they will be great additions to our program.”   

Prado, the new tight ends coach, started his college football career playing for Glendale Community College before transferring to Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU). He was a two-time All-GPAC honorable mention selection, finishing his career with 88 receptions and 1,078 yards receiving.   

After completing his degree at DWU, Prado earned a bachelor of the Arts in Sport and Exercise Science and a master’s degree in secondary education from Grand Canyon University (Ariz.).

   Prado has enjoyed coaching stints at San Gabriel High School (Calif.), East Los Angeles College (Calif.)and Temple High School (Ariz.). Prado has spent the last four seasons with Dakota Wesleyan where he served as passing game coordinator and offensive coordinator.

   “I’m extremely humbled and excited to be a part of the Hardrocker family,” Prado said. “Coach Collins and the Hardrocker staff have been extremely welcoming and I’m blessed to be a part of the staff loaded with experience.”   

Mayo joins the Hardrockers as the new assistant defensive backs coach. He is a graduate of the University of Montana via Hellgate High School in Missoula, Mont. During his time at Hellgate, Mayo served as the varsity quarterback, kicking, and scout team coach.   

Mayo has also served stints at Sentinel High School (Mont.), Rocky Mountain College ( Mont.), Jefferson High School (Ill.), Auburn High School (Ill) and Billings Outlaws (Mont.) of the National Indoor Football League.  Mayo has been married to his wife Iman Suleiman for five years.    

“As soon as I met coach Collins and the staff I knew South Dakota School of Mines was where I wanted to continue my coaching career,” Mayo said. “I knew right away this is a place I can grow as a coach and help win games. I am looking forward to contributing my knowledge and experience, but more than anything, I’m looking forward to learning from these coaches. They have done it for many, many years and have had great success along the way.”    

Catch the South Dakota School of Mines football team in action as The Hardrockers play host to Colorado Mines in the season opener Sept. 6 on Dunham Field at O’Harra Stadium. For more information on the football team and Hardrocker athletics, visit gorockers.com.   



Contact: Jordan Kadlec


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