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South Dakota Mines Hardrockers

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NCAA  Division II
Varsity teams  11
Athletic director  Joel Lueken
University  South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Conference  Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Location  Rapid City, South Dakota

The South Dakota Mines Hardrockers (also referred to as the South Dakota Tech Hardrockers, SDSMT Hardrockers, and SDSM&T Hardrockers) are the athletic teams that represent South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, located in Rapid City, South Dakota, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Hardrockers primarily compete as a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for all 11 varsity sports.

The men's soccer team competed the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) from the 2013 to the 2014 fall seasons, and football, which also joined the GNAC from the 2014 to the 2015 fall seasons.

On January 20, 2014, SDSM&T has accepted an invitation to join the RMAC; most Hardrockers teams joined the RMAC on July 1, 2014 while men's soccer and football moved from the GNAC after the 2014 and 2015 fall seasons respectively.

History

The SDSM&T athletic teams are called the Hardrockers, coming from its mining background. The history of the athletic programs stretch back to 1895 when the first school football team formed, originally named the "Longhairs". SDSM&T completed the transition form the NAIA to NCAA in July 2013. The Hardrockers, formerly a member of the NAIA's Dakota Athletic Conference. SDSM&T's chief rival is Black Hills State University, located less than 50 miles away in Spearfish, South Dakota. The last football game of the regular season between the two schools is called the Black Hills Brawl, whose winner gets the traveling Homestake Trophy. SDSM&T's other current rivalries include Colorado School of Mines and Chadron State College. The Eagle-Rock Trophy was created in 2016 to commemorate the past football games and proximity with Chadron State.

References

South Dakota Mines Hardrockers Wikipedia


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