South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers
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South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers
South Dakota Mines Hardrockers
UniversitySouth Dakota School of Mines and Technology
ConferenceRocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorJoel Lueken
LocationRapid City, South Dakota
Varsity teams11
Football stadiumO'Harra Stadium
Basketball arenaKing Center
Soccer stadiumSioux Park Stadium
MascotGrubby the Miner
ColorsNavy Blue and Vegas Gold[1]

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 in 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.[2]

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.[3]


The SDSM&T athletic teams are called the Hardrockers, coming from its mining background. Miners would use a rocker box as a more efficient means of panning for gold.

The history of the athletic programs stretch back to 1895 when the first school football team formed, originally named the "Longhairs".[4] SDSM&T completed the transition form the NAIA to NCAA in July 2013.[5] 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.

Varsity sports



  1. ^ South Dakota Mines Branding Guidelines. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Looney, Josh (July 15, 2013). "Division II adds new conference, members". NCAA. Archived from the original on July 23, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "'Rockers enter final year to becoming NCAA member". Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved 2012.

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