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Final rodeo candidate visits CWC
Jul 19, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Andy Carter is hoping his head rodeo coaching experience elsewhere will help land a similar position at Central Wyoming College.
Carter gave his Thursday morning to the public and the selection committee on the CWC campus as the search for a new head rodeo coach continued.
His head coaching experience includes time at Iowa Central Community College and Three Rivers College.
Carter was the final of three CWC finalists to give his presentation.
He is the only finalist with head coaching experience.
"That is a huge plus," said Carter. "I think that in my coaching experience I learned a lot."
The 31-year-old coached at Iowa Central Community College, where he was the assistant coach for one year before moving into the head coaching position in the 2007-08 season.
Carter started the rodeo program at Three Rivers College.
"It was very challenging to start a new rodeo program, but with a lot of support from the community, I think that they will continue to build the success," Carter said.
Carter said Three Rivers wanted to go a different direction without him after this past season, adding different duties to the head rodeo coaching position. Three Rivers is in Poplar Bluffs, Mo. Carter is from Ellsinore, Mo.
Carter wants to replace former CWC rodeo coaches Rick and Lynn Smith. The husband-and-wife tandem are leaving to coach rodeo at Cochise College in Arizona.
"I enjoy coaching, and I enjoy winning," Carter said. "You put those two together and you come up with CWC."
Current CWC rodeo assistant coach Drew Schrock made his pitch on Wednesday morning. Schrock is from Green River.
Charlie Gorzalka started the week on Tuesday with his presentation. Gorzalka currently the assistant coach at Tarleton State University in Texas. Gorzalka grew up in Clearmont, Wyo.
The decision on the head rodeo position should be announced by CWC early next week.
Carter graduated from high school in 1999 from East Carter County High School in Ellsinore.
Carter qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo four years in bareback riding and saddle bronc riding.
"It was exciting," said Carter about making the NHFR four times. "My senior year, I had an injury that held me back. I didn't qualify for the bareback riding in my senior year."
Carter went his first two season in college to Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. He finished his rodeo college career at University of Tennessee at Martin. Carter qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in 2002 at Casper in bareback riding.
"I don't rodeo full-time, but I rodeo a fair amount," Carter said.