The Colorado School of Mines Department of Athletics finished with a school-record, 10th-place finish out of 290 NCAA Division II institutions in the 2012-2013 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings. The Orediggers have now finished in the top 25 of the standings for four consecutive seasons. Contributing to this victory were three RMAC Tournament titles and two RMAC regular season titles, as well as 23 All-Americans. In all, 13 of Mines’ 18 sports teams qualified for their respective NCAA tournament or championship.
Softball. The softball team captured both the RMAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships for the first time in program history, posting a school-record 40 victories (40-7-1) en route to its third appearance in the NCAA tournament in five seasons.
New athletics director. As of August 1, Mines will have a new director of athletics. David Hansburg comes to Mines from Alexander Dawson School in Lafayette, Colo., where he directed the athletics program for two years. Prior to that, he served as associate athletic director for football operations and summer camps at the University of Colorado Boulder, having held similar positions at Northwestern University and the University of Idaho in Moscow. Hansburg relieves Marv Kay, who returned to his former office for four months as interim director after a 10-year absence. Kay was Mines’ director of athletics 1994-2003 and head football coach 1970-1994.