The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is looking for a women's basketball coach today for the first time in 32 years.
The school announced Wednesday night that Lady Hardrockers coach Barb Felderman's contract would not be renewed for the 2013-2014 season by mutual agreement.
The school said the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
Felderman, who closes out her career at the Mines after 32 years, said “I have lived my dreams.”
Felderman led the Lady Hardrockers to 11 conference championships and nine NAIA appearances, including five Sweet 16 appearances and two Final Four appearances (1998 and 1999). She coached seven SDIC Championship teams and added DAC conference titles in 2002 and 2005. For 13 years, she coached both basketball and volleyball, as well as men’s tennis.
“Barb’s positive contributions have impacted the lives of countless students, and she leaves an unparalleled legacy of excellence in Lady Hardrockers basketball. What she taught them on and off the court will forever have shaped their lives,” said Christy Horn, vice president for university relations.
The university said in a statement Wednesday that it will recommend to the Board of Regents that Felderman be given the title of head coach emerita. The gym floor in the King Center also will be named in her honor.
Felderman began her Mines coaching career in 1981, accruing a 474-397 record. During the 1997-1998 season she led the team to a 28-4 record. She served as assistant athletic director for intercollegiate athletics and chair of, and a professor in, the Department of Physical Education.
As volleyball coach, her teams won seven conference championships from 1984 through 1996, and several sub-district titles. Her championship teams from 1983-1986 were all inducted into the Mines Hall of Fame.
Although primarily known as a basketball coach, she also led the men’s tennis teams to district titles on two occasions and advanced to the national tournament in 1989-1990 and 1990-1991. She was named District Coach of the Year in 1990.
She was honored as South Dakota College Coach of the Year by sportswriters in 1991 and 1998 and has been named SDIC Basketball Coach of the Year three times.
Former players have described Felderman as dedicated to helping young people and demanding hard work, dedication, focus and commitment from players.
Her student athletes carried an average 3.4 GPA. Over the years, there were numerous All-Americans and Academic All-Americans. Six Lady Hardrockers were named to the university’s Leadership Hall of Fame.