Phone: (605) 394-2603
|Jerald Schafer - Head Coach
Coach Schafer begins his 30th year at SD Mines with 27 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 20 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 41 all-conference honors and eight individual titles
while qualifying 30 runners for the national championship.
On the track, and in the field, SDSM&T has been equally
successful with 72 national competitors, 21 national placers, and 17
All-American honors since 1986. Hardrocker xc and track & field
athletes have been named Scholar-Athlete no less than 40 times.
"Athletics and academics at SDSM&T epitomizes what college
athletics was meant to be," Schafer said. "We combine the best of both
worlds to better prepare student-athletes for the future."
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.
Phone: (605) 394-2686
Steve Johnson - Distance, Jumps, Javelin
Johnson is in his fifth year at SD
Mines and primarily works with the middle distance runners, jumpers and javelin
throwers. Since coming to Mines, Johnson has coached athletes to 40 school
records. Johnson has also coached national qualifiers in the 4x800-meter relay,
high jump and long jump including Mines second 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, Johnson
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 two 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.
Jim Stephens - Throws
Jim is in his second year as throws coach for the Hardrockers. In
his college days, Jim competed at UCLA under world renown throws coach
Art Venegas. After many years in the business world, Jim decided to
join the track and field coaching ranks. Jim spent two seasons at
Black Hills State where he produced 24 national qualifiers (indoor
and outdoor). His athletes reached the finals at the National
Championships 10 times and earned All-American honors five times.
"I look forward to raising the level of competitiveness in the throws
program (at SD Mines) to the NCAA Div. II level," Stephens said.
Kent Jacobs - Sprints
Kent returns to the Hardrocker track & field program where he had
a successful collegiate career. Kent is a former 400-meter school
record holder (:48.89) which still ranks as third best all-time for
the Hardrockers. He still holds the 4x100-meter relay record (42.33)
with teammates Dain Patterson, Justin Wipf, and Matt Zolnowsky.
Kent has assisted with the sprinters since his return to Rapid City
in 2008, after many years working as a Mechanical Engineer in Cedar
Rapids, IA. He is currently employed by Strider Bicycles of Rapid
Jake Hamik - Hurdles
Jake Hamik joins the Hardrocker Track and Field staff as a volunteer assistant coach working with the hurdle events.
Jake spent two years as a graduate assistant for Northern State,
where he coached one NCAA All-American and two NSIC Conference
Hamik had a stellar athletic career at Northern State University
which included four NCAA Div. II All-American awards, two NCAA Academic
All-American awards, 15 NSIC conference championships, five NSIC Track
Athlete of the Year awards and the South Dakota collegiate record in
the 400-meter hurdles (50.92).
Hamik is currently employed with Modern Woodmen of America in Rapid City.