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Coach Zach Tinker
coutesy of Brad Blume, Sports Information Director, South Dakota School of Mines
Coach Zach Tinker

Tinker, South Dakota School of Mines Part Ways


News Release from the South Dakoa School of Mines - November 21, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota School of Mines and Hardrocker football head coach Zach Tinker have decided to part ways with the conclusion of 2019 football season. The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon from SD Mines campus in Rapid City, South Dakota.

The Hardrockers finished this past year's campaign with a 3-8 overall won-loss record and a 2-8 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Tinker spent eight years in the Hardrocker football program and four seasons as the head coach.
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"Marnie and I are grateful that we have had eight years in Rapid City working with such incredible people at South Dakota Mines. Hardrocker football is 100 percent unique and one-of-a-kind. We were blessed to be involved and engaged with the Hardrocker football family. We have admiration and love for the young men that chose to be Hardrockers and committed to the 'Rocker football family and wish continued success as they embark on new challenges."

Tinker added, "We only have room for gratitude to the supporters of Hardrocker football, SD Mines and the Rapid City community that made our time here so special. Finally, I am so proud to have been the coach of these young men. Our football family of players, their loved ones, and our coaching staff inspired me every day and we poured our heart and soul intro our program that last eight seasons. The future of the team is bright. Rock on -- next play."

Tinker came to SD Mines as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach in 2012 under the direction of Stacy Collins. In 2016, he took over the head coaching duties where he accumulated an 18-26 overall record in four season --- all in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Prior to the post at SD Mines, Tinker was at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Ore., as the assistant head coach as well as the offensive and recruiting coordinator (2008-2011).

The search for a new head coach is underway. Levi Suiaunoa, the assistant football coach and defensive coordinator for the Hardrocker football team, is now serving as the interim head coach.



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