Jul 18, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorDrew Schrock wants to remain at Central Wyoming College.
The assistant rodeo coach this past season for the Rustlers was named one of three finalists for the head rodeo coaching position. Schrock is a former rodeo cowboy for the CWC Rustlers.
The 35-year-old Schrock made his presentation Wednesday morning at CWC to the public and a selection committee.
"I feel very fortunate in being a finalist and to be in this position," Schrock said.
Schrock helped the CWC women's team finish second in the nation in June at the College National Finals Rodeo. The men placed fourth in the Central Rocky Mountain Regional team standings.
"I have a lot of ties around Riverton," Schrock said. "I have lived here, and my family is around here. I'm passionate about what goes on here. CWC is an outstanding program. I have had opportunities to work with a lot of teachers at the college."
Schrock graduated from Green River High School in 1996.
"I'm a Wyoming boy," Schrock said. "I don't think that I will ever leave Wyoming."
The rodeo position is open because the husband-and-wife tandem of Rick and Lynn Smith left CWC to coach rodeo at Cochise Cutline -- Central Wyoming College assistant rodeo coach Drew Schrock gave his presentation Wednesday morning at the CWC campus. He is one of three finalists for the open CWC rodeo head coach position.
"It was a great experience to work with Rick Smith," Schrock said.
"Rick has always given me a lot of opportunities to do what I do. I learned about a winning attitude from Rick."
Andy Carter, who has head coaching experience at Three Rivers College and Iowa Central Community College, will be the final candidate to make his presentation at 10:45 a.m. Thursday on the CWC campus.
Charlie Gorzalka of Clearmont, Wyo, gave his pitch on Tuesday. Gorzalka is an assistant rodeo coach at Tarleton State University in Texas.
"I have already been at CWC," said Schrock about what separates him for the other two candidates. "I was the assistant coach here last year. I understand the program. I do have a lot of experience at both ends of the arena."
Schrock was a College National Finals Rodeo qualifier for the Rustlers in the 1998 season, competing in tie-down roping.
"When you start of the year, you set goals. That is a goal for everybody," said Schrock about making the CNFR. "To be able to compete at that level, what a great honor. It sure makes you feel good."
Schrock is a farrier science instructor at CWC.
His teaching includes shoeing horses.
"I have anywhere from five to 12 students in my class," Schrock said. "I enjoy teaching it. I'm passionate about teaching and coaching and have a lot of fun with it."
Schrock said he was the stock boss for the Dodge National Circuit Finals in 2010 in Pocatello, Idaho. Schrock was voted in to the job. "There were 15 to 16 different contractors bringing their animals, and they put them in my care," Schrock said. "I ran a crew that took the animals to the barn. When it was rodeo time, I had the animals loaded in on time without injuring any animals. I took a lot of pride in that."
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