South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers
|South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers|
|University||South Dakota School of Mines and Technology|
Great Northwest Athletic Conference (football and men's soccer, until 2015)|
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
|Athletic director||Tiffany McCampbell (acting)|
|Location||Rapid City, SD|
|Football stadium||O'Harra Stadium|
|Basketball arena||King Center|
|Soccer stadium||Sioux Park Field|
|Mascot||Grubby the Miner|
Navy Old Gold
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Hardrockers (also South Dakota Mines Hardrockers, 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 compete as Division II Independents for all 11 varsity sports except for men's soccer, which joined the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) in 2013, and football, which will also join the GNAC beginning in 2014. On January 20, 2014, SDSM&T has accepted an invitation to join the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC); most Hardrockers teams will join the RMAC on July 1, 2014 while men's soccer and football will not move from the GNAC until 2015.
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 arguably 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.
- Looney, Josh (July 15, 2013). "Division II adds new conference, members". NCAA. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
- "'Rockers enter final year to becoming NCAA member". Retrieved July 22, 2012.