|Head Coach: Steve Johnson
Johnson is in his 6th
year at SD Mines and assumed the Head Cross Country role starting in 2014. On
the track he primarily works with the middle distance runners, jumpers and
javelin throwers. Since coming to Mines, Johnson has coached athletes to over 40
school records. Johnson has also coached national qualifiers in the 4x800m
relay, high jump and long jump including Mines 2nd female
All-American, high jumper Madisen Lane.
Johnson also started the SD Mines
Track and Field Clinic. Held every spring, this event is an opportunity for
groups of SD Mines track and field athletes to go out and work with local track
and field teams in a one afternoon clinic setting. The clinics are held free of
As the recruiting coordinator for SD
Mines, Johnson has played a key role in efforts to increase the women’s roster
size and improve the depth of both the men’s and women’s teams.
Prior to coming to Mines he was an
assistant coach at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. While at Mary he
worked with national qualifiers in the javelin and the multi-events. Johnson
also worked at the University of Puget Sound and coached 2 Northwest Conference
triple jump champions and coached Brian Kramer to a national qualifying mark in
the triple jump. He's also had stints in Lakewood,
Wash., at Pierce College; in University Place, Wash., at Speed Tech; and in
Pullman, Wash., at the Comets Track Club.
Johnson lives in Rapid City with his
wife, Simonne, and two boys, Josh and Zach.
|Director of Cross Country: Jerry Schafer
After nearly 30 years at the helm, Jerry Schafer has step
down as head coach of the Hardrocker cross country teams. Schafer will remain as the head
coach of the Hardrocker track and field program and will still be involved with
Hardrocker cross country as the Director of Cross Country / Track and Field.
“I still have oversight over the cross country program, I’m
just no longer the head coach,” Schafer said. “Steve and I have essentially
switched roles in the fall. This gives me the opportunity to focus my time
strictly on the track and field teams.”
Before joining the Hardrocker coaching staff Schafer served 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 SD School of Mines campus.
the past 20-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 31 all-conference honors and five individual
titles while qualifying 28 runners for the national