Varela Inducted into RMAC Hall of Fame
On Saturday evening, July 12, 2008, former Mines men’s basketball player Raul Varela ’96 was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Hall of Fame during the seventh annual RMAC Hall of Fame Banquet at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO. Varela, who played at Mines from 1992-93 to 1995-96, was inducted into the Mines Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003. Selected as the RMAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year as a senior in 1995-96, Varela was a three-time All-American selection during his collegiate career. Varela averaged 24.1 points, 3.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game during his career at Mines.

Varela became the fourth representative from Colorado School of Mines enshrined into the RMAC Hall of Fame, joining Lloyd Madden ’41 (2003), Fritz Brennecke, (2004) and Bruce Allison (2006). The all-time leading career scorer in the history of the Colorado School of Mines men’s basketball program (2,551 points), Varela garnered First Team All-RMAC laurels as a freshman, sophomore and senior. A Second Team All-RMAC pick following his junior campaign, Varela started all 106 games in which he appeared for the Orediggers. During his sophomore season in 1993-94, Varela averaged 26.1 points per game to finish 11th in the nation in scoring. Varela graduated from Mines with a degree in mechanical engineering.

“RMAC schools regularly compete at the national level in numerous sports, and I am humbled to be inducted into the 2008 class of the RMAC Hall of Fame,” said Varela. “It is a great honor.” Varela currently works as the manager of corporate investments and hedging activities in the Corporate Treasury Group at OppenheimerFunds, Inc. Varela and his wife, former Mines women’s basketball player Jodi Noone ’97, reside in Arvada with their daughters, Dane (4) and Teya (2).

Oredigger News & Notes…

The Orediggers have hired Katie Simons as their new Assistant Sports Information Director.

During the summer of 2008, the RMAC announced that men’s and women’s swimming & diving will officially become conference sports in 2008-09.

A grand total of 40 Mines student-athletes earned Academic All-RMAC recognition in the spring of 2008 (three in golf, five in baseball, eight in softball, 24 in outdoor track & field).

For complete schedules, rosters, results and statistics, please visit the Colorado School of Mines Athletics website.