Colorado Mines Orediggers
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|Colorado Mines Orediggers|
|University||Colorado School of Mines|
|Conference||Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference|
|Athletic director||David Hansburg|
|Football stadium||Marv Kay Stadium at Harry D. Campbell Field|
|Basketball arena||Lockridge Arena|
|Baseball stadium||Jim Darden Field|
|Soccer stadium||Stermole Stadium|
|Colors||Silver and Blue
The Colorado School of Mines Orediggers (also Mines Orediggers) are the athletic teams that represent the Colorado School of Mines, located in Golden, Colorado, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Orediggers compete as members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for all 16 varsity sports.
The Colorado School of Mines has also been successful athletically as of late. The Orediggers claimed the institution's first-ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) All-Sports Cup during the 2011-12 academic year, and repeated in 2015-16. The 2015-16 season saw Mines win their first NCAA team championship (men's cross country) while claiming five RMAC regular-season and three RMAC Tournament titles.
In 2012, the men's basketball team was ranked number 1 and made it to the round of 16 where there they were knocked out by Metropolitan State.
The men's cross country team placed 2nd at the 2012 NCAA Division II championships. In 2015, the men's cross country won the NCAA DII cross country championship. It was not only their first national title but the first national title in school history of any team.
Gregg Brandon, the head coach since 2015, has led the team to winning seasons since taking the reins. Under his leadership, the team was Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference co-champions in 2016 and progressed to the second round of the NCAA playoffs. The preceding head coach from 2000-2015, Bob Stitt, led the team to many wins. Stitt is the football coach with the most wins at Mines with an offense that was consistently nationally recognized. Under Stitt, the football team was the RMAC champions in 2004 and co-champions in 2010 and 2014, and progressed to the second round of the NCAA playoffs in 2004.
In women's athletics, the Orediggers have clinched three consecutive RMAC volleyball championships, qualified for the NCAA tournament six years straight and have consistently been ranked in the top 25 in NCAA Division II. The 2014 team finished with a record of 25-4, finishing 10th in the country, and producing 2 All-Americans and one Honorable Mention All-American.