RAPID CITY --- Longtime Lady
Hardrockers head basketball coach Barb Felderman and the South Dakota School of
Mines & Technology have mutually agreed that her contract not be renewed for
2013-2014. Felderman, who closes out her career at the School of Mines after 32
years, said "I have lived my dreams."
Felderman led the Lady Hardrockers
to 11 conference championships and nine NAIA appearances, including five Sweet
16 appearances and two Final Four appearances (1998 and 1999). She coached seven
SDIC Championship teams and added DAC conference titles in 2002 and 2005. For 13
years, she coached both basketball and volleyball, as well as men's tennis.
"Barb's positive contributions have impacted the lives of countless students,
and she leaves an unparalleled legacy of excellence in Lady Hardrockers
basketball. What she taught them on and off the court will forever have shaped
their lives," said Christy Horn, vice president for university relations.
The university will recommend to the Board of Regents that Felderman be given
the title of head coach emerita. The gym floor in the King Center will be named
in her honor.
She began her School of Mines coaching career in 1981,
accruing a 474-397 record. During the 1997-1998 season she led the team to a
28-4 record. She served as assistant athletic director for intercollegiate
athletics and chair of, and a professor in, the Department of Physical
As volleyball coach, her teams won seven conference
championships from 1984 through 1996, and several sub-district titles. Her
championship teams from 1983-1986 were all inducted into the School of Mines
Hall of Fame.
Although primarily known as a basketball coach, she led the
men's tennis teams to district titles on two occasions and advanced to the
national tournament in 1989-1990 and 1990-1991. She was named District Coach of
the Year in 1990.
She was honored as South Dakota College Coach-of-the
Year by sportswriters in 1991 and 1998 and has been named SDIC Basketball
Coach-of-the-Year three times.
Felderman created a family atmosphere among
the players, coaches and fans. Former players have described the head coach as
possessing an unshaken dedication to helping young people and demanding hard
work, dedication, focus and commitment from players.
Felderman is proud of
her student athletes, who carried an average 3.4 GPA. Over the years, there were
numerous All-Americans and Academic All-Americans. Six Lady Hardrockers were
named to the university's Leadership Hall of Fame.
The search for a new
head coach will begin immediately.