RMAC adds 15th member
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference has expanded to 15 members, adding South Dakota School of Mines & Technology starting with the 2014-15 academic year.
The RMAC Presidents Council met during the NCAA Convention last week and on Friday unanimously approved adding the Rapid City, S.D. school, which has an enrollment of 2,640 students.
Adding the Hardrockers brings another football-playing school into the RMAC, putting that sport at 11 and will eliminate the need for one of teams’ two nonconference games.
South Dakota Mines sponsors 13 sports: football, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s soccer and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field.
The school is currently an independent, with football and men’s soccer playing as affiliates of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. South Dakota Mines in in its first year of Division II affiliation after moving from the NAIA.
Fifteen members is the largest the RMAC has been since 1969, when 16 schools were in the conference.