Mines coach earns national award

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The South Dakota Mines football team managed a 6-and-5 record this past season, just the third winning season for the Hardrockers since 1986, but the team is boasting an even more significant milestone for one of its coaches.
South Dakota Mines defensive coordinator Taylor Breitzman was named the Division Two Assistant Football Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
Breitzman just wrapped up his first year with the program, and Hardrocker Head Coach Zach Tinker says his assistant coach more than earned the accolade.

Under Breitzman, the Hardrocker defense improved in a number of categories, dropping opponents points per game average down over 11-and-a-half points. The pass defense saw a drop in yards per game by nearly 100, and an increase in sacks.