Mines Tied Seventh in NCAA Division II Ranking

Colorado School of Mines was tied for 7th-place in the 2009-10 NCAA Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings at the end of the fall semester. The December 23 rankings, which include 125 institutions, reflect performance in a maximum of seven sports for men and seven for women; Mines’ 208 points were earned by four: men’s cross country (85), women’s soccer (73), men’s soccer (25) and volleyball (25). Mines shares the 7th-place position with Metro State, making them the top-ranked colleges in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Complete standings, as well as the scoring structure for the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, are found at The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. Oredigger fans eager to see how the school stacks up in the final 2009-10 standings must wait until their release on June 23, 2010. In the 2008–09 season, Mines finished 62nd out of 232 institutions with 285 points. To date, Mines’ highest-ever finish in the final standings was 22nd in 2005-06.

Contributing the most points to Mines’ mid-year tally was the men’s cross country team, which finished 3rd out of 24 teams at the NCAA Division II Cross Country
Championships in 2009. The squad’s 3rd-place showing was the highest-ever finish by an Oredigger cross country team (male or female) at the championships.

Finishing 3rd in the nation in NCAA Division II, Mines' men's cross country pack is here led by Mack McLain during the RMAC Championships - Ben Zwicki and Aaron Swift follow.

Mines’ 2009 women’s soccer team also had an outstanding season, qualifying for the NCAA Division II Championships for the second consecutive time. The Orediggers proceeded to win their first-ever NCAA Tournament match with a victory over Regis University in round one. In round two they defeated 12th-ranked Fort Lewis, before advancing past 4th-ranked Metro State (via penalty-kick shootout) in round three, winning the Central Region title. The Orediggers’ berth in the Elite Eight was the farthest a Mines team had ever advanced in NCAA tournament play. The team finally fell to Missouri’s Grand Valley State, concluding a season that saw 11 new program records, including single-season victories (19). Mines finished 2nd in the RMAC (13-3-0) and concluded the year with a 19-5-1 overall record.

For the second time in program history, the men’s soccer team qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships in the 2009 season. The Orediggers finished second in the RMAC (11-2-1) and concluded the year with an overall record of 153-4. All three losses were against Fort Lewis, the eventual NCAA Division II national champion.

The 2009 Mines volleyball team compiled a 22-10 overall record this fall, while posting a 13-6 mark in the RMAC. In addition to establishing new single-season program records for overall and conference victories, Mines recorded a new program record with nine consecutive matches won this fall. The team, ranked as high as 10th in the Central Region this fall, tied for 3rd place in the RMAC East Division and qualified as the 5th seed for the RMAC Tournament. By earning the number 8 seed in the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament this season, the Mines volleyball squad reached NCAA post-season competition for the second time in program history.

Update: Since going to press, Mines has climbed the ranks to 3rd. >Read more

Kohlenstein Named Central Region Coach of the Year

Frank Kohlenstein, Mines’ head men’s soccer coach, was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America / Mondo Central Region Coach of the Year in December. In his 12th season as head coach at Mines, Kohlenstein led the Orediggers to the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Championships for the second time in program history. The Orediggers finished the 2009 season with a record of 15-3-4
overall (11-2-1 RMAC) and were 18th in the final NCAA Division II 2009 rankings. This was the second consecutive year that Kohlenstein was named RMAC Coach of the Year, and the fifth time in his career he has earned the recognition.

Oredigger News & Notes…

Women’s basketball player Brecca Gaffney was named RMAC Female Player of the Month (all sports) for December 2009. The Orediggers’ Brecca Gaffney and Katie Carty earned back-to-back RMAC East Division Player of the Week honors (Dec. 7 & 14).

Men’s basketball player Drew Hoffman earned Second Team Academic All-RMAC honors for the 2009-10 season. The Mines men’s hoops squad also landed three consecutive RMAC East Division Player of the Week selections this winter (Dale Minschwaner, Jan. 25; Sean Armstrong, Feb. 1; Brett Breen, Feb. 8).

The Oredigger football team landed four All-American selections during the fall of 2009, including Zach Meints, David Pesek, Adam Saur and Marc Schiechl.

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