Women's Cross Country Coaches

Jerry Schafer
Head Coach
Phone: (605) 394-2603
Email: Jerald.Schafer@sdsmt.edu

Coach Schafer begins his 25th year at the helm of the Hardrocker cross country and 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.

During the past twenty-plus years, the Hardrocker cross country teams have distinguished themselves by winning several men’s and women’s team titles at the conference and district level.  The “Runnin’ Rockers” have accounted for thirty-one all-conference honors and five individual titles while qualifying twenty-seven runners for the national championship.

On the track and in the field SDSM&T has been equally successful with forty-two national competitors, fifteen national placers, and eleven All-American honors since 1986.  Hardrocker track & field athletes have been named Scholar-Athlete no less than twelve times.  “Athletics and academics at SDSM&T epitomizes what college athletics was meant to be.  We combine the best of both worlds to better prepare student-athletes for the future,” says coach Schafer. 

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
Assistant Coach --- Distance, Jumps, Javelin
Phone: (605) 394-2386

Johnson brings a wealth of experience to this position. He most recently was an assistant coach at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.  He's also had stints in Lakewood, Wash., at Pierce College; in Tacoma, Wash., at University of Puget Sound; in University Place Wash., at Speed Tech; and in Pullman, Wash., at the Comets Track Club.

 "Steve has an expertise in distance running," Schafer said. "But he will also be working with our jumpers and javelin throwers. He has a lot of versatility in those events and it will be an asset for him to help coach."

Being a full-time assistant, Johnson will also have an instrumental role in the recruiting of both cross country and track athletes. Recruiting was one of Johnson's main duties at the University of Mary and should benefit the Hardrocker program by having him take a strong stance for SD Mines.

"Bigger is the goal. We want to boost the programs --- especially on the women's side," Johnson said. "Recruiting will help us to regain some of that competitiveness on both sides in track and field and cross country."

Johnson comes to Rapid City with his wife Simonne and sons Josh and Zach.




















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