Mines News

Release Date Monday, May 16, 2016

Doug Tabbert Named Hardrocker Volleyball Coach

Doug Tabbert has been named permanent head Hardrockers volleyball coach at SD Mines.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (May 16, 2016) – After serving as interim head coach of the South Dakota School of Mines volleyball team for the 2015 season, Doug Tabbert has been officially named head coach, the university announced on Monday.

“Coach Tabbert has a lot of experience as a head coach and a lot of familiarity with the Hardrocker volleyball program and the type of scholar-athletes we are looking for at South Dakota School of Mines,” Hardrockers Athletics Director Joel Lueken said. “I am confident he can continue to make the Hardrockers competitive in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.”

Tabbert, who served as the assistant coach of the SD Mines volleyball program in 2014, was named interim head coach before the start of the 2015 campaign after former head coach Tiffany McCampbell was promoted to associate athletic director in charge of internal operations last July.

“I’m delighted to be able to continue to lead the SD Mines volleyball program,” Tabbert said. “I greatly appreciate that Joel Lueken and President (Heather) Wilson have entrusted me with this opportunity, and I’m grateful for their support. We have a quality group of returning scholar-athletes and an intriguing incoming recruiting class. I’m eager to face the challenges of RMAC volleyball with them as we all work together to continue to grow our program. August 15 (first day of practice) can’t get here soon enough.”

Tabbert was previously head coach of the Lady ’Rockers from 2003-2006. The program improved steadily during his tenure, culminating with a 16-win season in 2006 that represented the program’s second-highest season winning percentage in the previous decade.

Overall, Lady Hardrocker players during his tenure earned one third-team All-American selection, one conference Most Valuable Senior designation, four all-conference selections, eight conference player-of-the-Week honors, three region Player-of-the-Week awards, five All-America scholar athlete awards and 25 conference scholar-athlete honors.

Tabbert returned to SD Mines from Cameron University, (Okla.) where he served as head coach for three seasons (2011-13). Although he was the program’s sixth head coach in a seven seasons, Tabbert’s impact on the Cameron program was immediate.

Despite being picked to finish last in the pre-season conference poll, his first squad at Cameron more than doubled the number of conference wins from the previous season and earned the program’s first conference tournament bid in four years.

During his tenure in Oklahoma, Cameron players earned seven all-conference designations, garnered multiple conference Player-of-the-Week awards and tied or broke multiple Cameron individual volleyball records.

Previous to that, Tabbert spent four years at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (2007-10), where he was assistant coach. While at UNK, the Lopers had an overall record of 129-17 and a conference record of 71-4 including four regular-season conference championships, two conference tournament championships, four NCAA tournament appearances, and final national rankings of No. 19, No. 6, No. 12 and No. 5.

From 2001-02, Tabbert was head coach at Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., before beginning his first head coaching job at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC, in 1998.

Coach Tabbert holds B.S. degrees in psychology and business administration from Baker University (Kansas) and a master’s degree in development kinesiology from Bowling Green State University (Ohio).

Tabbert is a native of Perry, Kan., and has coached 19 all-conference and 15 all-academic conference players, 10 all-region players, and seven All-Americans.


About SD Mines  

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 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.


Contact: Brad Blume, (605) 394-2355, Bradley.Blume@sdsmt.edu