Colorado School of Mines is the winner of the 2014-15 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Cup, ending Black Hills State University’s two-year run.
The RMAC Sportsmanship Cup is designed to honor the institution which upholds the sportsmanship ideals held by the RMAC and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Voting for the award is done by institutional Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) team representatives and coaches. Voters take into account the conduct of the student-athletes and coaches only. The overall score of each institution was then divided by the number of sports the school sponsors for the average. Colorado Mines finished with 17.69 points, followed by Colorado Christian at 16.13 and Black Hills State at 15.45.
Colorado Mines will be recognized for the 2014-15 RMAC Sportsmanship Cup on July 24 at the RMAC Hall of Fame & Awards Banquet at the Colorado Springs Marriott.
In other RMAC news this week, Jim Turgeon was named the new head women's basketball coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo and Bob Pietrack was named the interim head men's basketball coach at Fort Lewis College following the announcement of Bob Hofman's retirement
Turgeon, the ninth head coach in program history, comes to CSU-Pueblo after spending the last eight seasons at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. During his tenure with the Reivers, Turgeon became the all-time leader in wins with a 191-65 (.746 winning percentage) record, including a 130-32 (.802) mark in the last five seasons.
Turgeon inherits a ThunderWolves' program which advanced to the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Tournament in each of the last two seasons. The Pack return four starters from last season's squad, which finished the year with an 18-13 record.
The associate head coach for the Skyhawks the past 11 seasons, Pietrack has been responsible for the program's recruiting, scouting, scheduling, academic counseling, strength training and individual player development, in addition to on-the-floor coaching and assisting in the day-to-day basketball operations. Pietrack also serves as the director of the Skyhawks' summer basketball camps.