By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School of Mines athletic department recently announced the addition of a
two-sport recruit in Matt McGee to join the school for the 2009-10 year. He will be a new addition to the
Hardrocker football team as well as the SDM track and field program.
McGee is a 5-foot-11-inch athlete from Butte, Mont., that brings speed to both the gridiron and the track. He
competed for the Butte High School Bulldogs.
For the football team, McGee will be featured mainly on special teams and in the defensive secondary.
“Matt is a track guy that has that quickness and speed for special teams. We also think he will have an
opportunity to fit into the defensive secondary,” said Hardrocker head football coach Dan Kratzer. “There is
an adjustment to the college level when you defend those bigger receivers, but Matt is quick and aggressive
and up to the challenge.”
For the track team, McGee will be focusing mainly on the sprinting events competing in the 100-, 200- and
“Matt is going to be a great addition to the Hardrocker track program. He will give us added depth in the
sprint events for next year,” said Hardrocker head track coach Jerry Schafer.
McGee said he chose SD Mines for academic reasons and also was impressed with both coach Schafer’s and
coach Kratzer’s attitude toward academics.
“While the energy and the intensity of the athletic programs are on a par with any school, the coaches made
it crystal clear that the term ‘student-athlete’ means that academics comes first and if I have a lab or a class
that I have to take, I need to go there first and they’ll deal with rearranging practice,” McGee said. “I look
forward to joining the Hardrockers and contributing to both the football and track programs.”
McGee will major Interdisciplinary Sciences with a pre-medical emphasis and will come in with enough
college credits to place him into his sophomore year.
Montana athlete joins SD School of Mines football, track teams
Matt McGee (center) recently
signed a letter of intent to play
college football and run track for
the South Dakota School of Mines.
With Matt are his parents Frank
and Pat McGee. Also pictured
(back row) is Matt’s track coach
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