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#Rapidsports: Miguez named first Mines strength coach

#Rapidsports: Miguez named first Mines strength coach

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Miguez named first Mines strength coach

Bret Miguez has been hired as the first ever strength and conditioning coach for Hardrocker athletics as part of the partnership between the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and Regional Health announced earlier this month.

Miguez has extensive experience and knowledge in exercise physiology and strength training, having most recently served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and in similar positions at other universities.

“It’s great to have Bret on board,” said Hardrocker Athletic Director Joel Lueken. “This is a newly-created position made possible by the partnership with Regional Health. This gives our athletes the opportunity to make themselves better as individuals and become more competitive in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.”

Miguez earned a master’s degree in applied health and sports science from Northwest Missouri State (Maryville, Mo.) and a bachelor’s degree in sports management with a minor in exercise health science from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

As an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the Air Force Academy, Miguez developed and monitored training programs for certain sports programs, traveled as a trainer with the women’s basketball and men’s boxing teams, assisted with training of certain sports, instructed all athletes on correct exercise techniques and advised all athletes on general nutrition information.

Miguez also had stints at Colorado College, Northwest Missouri State, University of Kansas, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston University and Milton Academy in Massachusetts.

“Having the strength and condition position fills a big need for SD Mines Athletics,” Lueken said. “Bret represents another piece of the puzzle to make our Hardrocker sports programs the best they can be with regard to the RMAC and NCAA Division II.”

Mines track earns acadmic honors

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology men’s and women’s track and field teams have both earned the NCAA Division II Track and Field All-Academic Team award for the third consecutive year. The awards were given from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the 2014-15 season.

A total of 115 Division II women’s teams and 62 men’s teams earned the distinction as a result of cumulative team GPAs of 3.00 or higher. The SD Mines men’s team earned 3.01 GPA while the Lady Hardrocker squad recorded a 3.52 GPA.

“It is great to receive these awards consistently and compare our program to others on the national scale,” said Hardrocker track and field head coach Jerry Schafer. “It’s extremely difficult and a challenging time commitment to be an athlete and also perform well in the classroom year after year, but our athletes continually seem to make the grade.”

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) had six programs earn the honor on the women’s side, with the Lady Hardrockers having the highest GPA (3.52). The RMAC men’s teams had four representatives.

Carpenter named CSC assistant football coach

Bruce Carpenter has been named an assistant coach for the Chadron State College football program, head coach Jay Long announced Monday.

Carpenter, a native of Johnsburg, Ill., replaces Joe McLain, who resigned earlier in July. In addition to coaching wide receivers and handling the Eagles' filming duties, Carpenter will also be responsible for the game day operations of CSC's other sports.

 "We are very fortunate to be able to hire a coach with as much knowledge as Bruce has," Long said. "He comes to Chadron State College with a lot of experience and he comes from college programs that are used to winning. I am eager to get to work with him and the other coaches are, as well. I know he will help make our program stronger."

Carpenter most recently coached the offensive line and served as the offensive coordinator at the University of Montana Western, an NAIA institution located in Dillon. The Bulldogs went 6-5 in 2014 and two of Carpenter's offensive linemen earned all-conference honors.

Spearfish eliminated from state B tournament

The Spearfish Post 164 American Legion baseball team saw its season come to an end with an 11-1 loss to West Central Monday at the State B tournament in Salem.

West Central dominated from the start, taking a 6-1 lead after three innings and putting the game away with a four-run sixth.

Spearfish had just two hits, a single by Matthew Burditt and a RBI single by Jason Rosencranz in the third.

Spearfish finished 2-2 in the tournament and 32-21 on the season.

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