Mines fans, student athletes, and the community have all been affected by Tom Spicer and Brandon Leimbach, but opportunity for the athletics administrators has led to change in the Department of Athletics.
Spicer, Colorado School of Mines Director of Athletics, announced Monday that he has resigned his position with CSM. Leimbach also announced that he has resigned as associate athletic director.
Both Spicer and Leimbach have taken opportunities with other Division II athletic programs. Spicer will become Colorado Mesa University’s new athletic director in Grand Junction, Colorado, while Leimbach will move back to his home state of California and take the athletic director role at Dominican University of California in San Rafael.
“It is my hope that the students, student-athletes, coaches, support staff, administrators, faculty and all those associated with Colorado School of Mines continue to enjoy success on all fronts,” Spicer said. “I feel privileged to have had this opportunity, and I want to wish them all the very best life has to offer.”
Mines Athletics experienced great success under the leadership of Spicer over the last nine years, not only in winning, but also in the development of the Student Rec Center, the Clear Creek Project, and extensive renovations to the CSM sports fields.
Spicer’s position is now held by former athletic director Marv Kay, who will serve in the interim role until the search for Spicer’s replacement concludes. Kay was Mines’ athletic director for nine years, and head football coach for 24 years.
Leimbach’s resignation is effective May 31. Leimbach echoed hope for continued success at Mines in his statement to the press saying, “I have loved working at Mines and with our outstanding student athletes, but I am looking forward to moving my wife and kids closer to family and building a premiere NCAA Division II athletics program at Dominican University. I have had the privilege of working with great coaches, athletes, and donors and I believe Mines athletics will continue to be an outstanding RMAC program for years to come.”
Leimbach worked as associate director for the past five years, and at the end of May will conclude 11 years with CSM Athletics.