Nate Brown named new Hardrock Club President
Release Date Wednesday, January 8, 2014

RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School of Mines Hardrock Club is pleased to announce Nate Brown as the new President of the Hardrock Club. Brown will take over the duties for Tom Rudebusch, who is retiring from the position after 30-plus years of service.

"I would like to thank the Hardrock Club for this great opportunity,” Brown said. “I'm really looking forward to working with the many passionate and loyal Hardrocker fans and donors.”

Brown has spent the last four years as the Executive Director of Development, Marketing and Public Relations for the Catholic School system in Rapid City where he was responsible for cultivating relationships to provide much needed additional support though fundraising activities. 

Prior to this positing, Nate has had several years of experience developing relationships with business owners; directly sold sports radio advertising and grew revenue for ESPN Radio; supervised ESPN sales staff and on-air staff, developed innovative marketing plans for on-air and on-line; coordinated special events and promotions with small businesses and corporations; developed and placed advertising campaigns for TV and print; wrote all press releases for ESPN Radio Billings; hosted daily sports talk show and announced college play-by-play;  and managed radio station website and all social media promotions.

The Hardrock Club is the main fund raising entity for the South Dakota Mines Athletic Department and it is the goal of the Hardrock Club to provide the maximum athletic scholarship support allowed by the NCAA to SD Mines for all varsity sports. This will be accomplished through an annual fund raising campaign, endowments, golf tournaments and other fund raising opportunities. The Hardrock Club work with SD Mines, the SDSM&T Foundation, the SDSM&T Alumni Association and others to accomplish our mission.

Brown will take over for Rudebusch who has served as President since 1989. In that span, the Hardrock Club has provided nearly 8 million dollars of support, including raising the funds to add the Dunham Field football locker rooms and to build the Christensen Hall of Fame to honor SD Mines athletes.

SD Mines has made the transition from NAIA four years ago and is now competing in all sports programs as a full member of NCAA Div. II athletics.

“It's an exciting time right now to be a Hardrocker,” Brown. “I'm eager to build on the recent success of our great student-athletes."

 

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