RAPID CITY, S.D. (Jan. 20, 2014) – The South Dakota School of Mines
& Technology announced today it has been accepted as a full member of the
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).
An invitation was extended to the university Friday during an RMAC
presidents’ meeting at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
National Convention in San Diego after several months of behind-the-scenes
discussions and a presentation by Mines President Heather Wilson in San Diego.
“The RMAC is the natural fit for Mines and opens great
opportunities for our athletes to compete in a regular schedule against
traditional rivals in our region, and it’ll be a joy to host these regional
opponents in our great community,” Wilson said.
RMAC currently competes in 22
NCAA Division II sports and has earned 51
NCAA championships and 42
national runners-up since 1992. Founded in 1909, the RMAC is the most historic conference in the western United States.
“This is a great day for Hardrocker Athletics,” Interim
Athletic Director Tiffany McCampbell said.
“The RMAC is a premier NCAA Division II league, and I’m so happy the
Hardrockers are able to be a part of it.”
The School of Mines is currently in its first year as a full member
of NCAA Division II athletic competition.
RMAC is pleased that the South Dakota School of Mines has accepted our
invitation to join the conference,” said RMAC Presidents’ Council Chairman
Stephen Jordan on Saturday. “Mines is a great fit academically and athletically
with the fourteen members of NCAA Division II’s most historic athletic
In October, when Mines announced it was delaying the search for a
new Athletic Director, President Wilson moved forward quietly in her efforts to
find a conference home for the Hardrockers. Wilson, McCampbell, and volunteer
Tom Mahon secured an invitation to discussions with the RMAC in November.
Wilson traveled to Denver to meet with RMAC counterparts and personally engaged
the RMAC presidents. Mines submitted a formal written application in early
“A lot of people have worked very hard for over four years to get
us to this day, and I very much appreciate it,” Wilson said.
The Hardrockers are currently competing as an independent in all
sports except men’s soccer and football, which have affiliation agreements with
the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) that cover one more season for
soccer and two more seasons for football. While the timing for scheduling
purposes is still under discussion, all of Hardrocker sports will join the
“This means less time on the road away from class, more home games
for Rapid City fans, post season play for conference championships against
historic rivals, and yet another reason for scholar athletes to come to Mines,”
Other members of the RMAC are:
Adams State University (Alamosa, Colo.)
Black Hills State University (Spearfish, S.D.)
Chadron State (Chadron, Neb.)
Colorado Christian University (Denver, Colo.)
Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction, Colo.)
Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colo.)
Colorado State University-Pueblo (Pueblo, Colo.)
Fort Lewis College (Durango, Colo.)
Metropolitan State University of Denver (Denver, Colo.)
New Mexico Highlands University (Las Vegas, N.M.)
Regis University (Denver, Colo.)
University of Colorado Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Western New Mexico University (Silver City, N.M.)
Western State Colorado University (Gunnison, Colo.)
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D.,
offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls
2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio
of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is $62,400 with a 98 percent
placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sdsmt.