Jul 25, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorDrew Schrock has been promoted from assistant coach to head rodeo coach at Central Wyoming College.
Schrock replaces CWC Rick and Lynn Smith. The pair took rodeo coaching positions in June at Cochise College in Arizona.
Schrock is a farrier science instructor at CWC.
The announcement for the new rodeo coach came Tuesday.
"We went with Drew because he has strong ties with CWC," CWC vice president for academic and services Jason Wood said. "He has done an excellent job as the assistant coach. He has strong support of the current students and the booster club."
Schrock is a former rodeo cowboy at CWC. He was a College National Finals Rodeo qualifier for the Rustlers in the 1998 season, competing in tie-down roping.
The 35-year-old graduated from Green River High School in 1996.
The three finalists for the job each gave a public presentation last week at the CWC campus.
"We had the applicants watch a highlight video of three or four events and then they provided what the athletes did well or what they could do better," Wood said. "Drew just did an amazing job on that. We believe in his coaching talent. He will provide good leadership to the program." The two other finalists were Andy Carter and Charlie Gorzalka. Gorzalka is an assistant coach at Tarleton State University in Texas. Gorzalka grew up in Clearmont, Wyo.
"I think that we had a good pool," Wood said. "It was a pool that attracted tremendous amount of potential."
Carter's coaching experience includes time at Iowa Central Community College and Three Rivers College. Carter started the rodeo program last year at Three Rivers.
Schrock will take over a men's program that finished fourth in the Central Rocky Mountain Region for the 2011-12 season.
"I'm really happy for Drew," new CWC women's assistant rodeo coach Traci Hinman said. "Drew worked really hard getting our guys team back on track last fall. He made a huge difference on were the guys ended up."
The Rustlers qualified four rodeo athletes to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper.
"Drew is easy for kids to get along with," Hinman said. "He makes practice fun, but at the same time, he demands a lot of respect from the kids. That just makes them want to work a lot much harder for him."
Hinman helped the Rustlers finish second nationally in June at the College National Final Rodeo in Casper.
"I think that the girls coming back are going to be a really strong team," Hinman said. "I'm excited to be there to help them out. I'm really looking forward to them having a good year.
Hinman was a captain for the last three years for CWC.
"It taught me a lot about team leadership," Hinman said. "You have to be positive if you expect to win. Teamwork in college rodeo is really important."
Hinman qualified for the CNFR in goat tying. She has been one of the top CWC goat tyers the last two years.
"It will be a little bit different because I was just on a team with them last year," said Hinman about going from cowgirl to coach. "I felt a lot of times last year when Lynn was gone that I ran practice. I don't think that it will be a whole lot different."
CWC hosts the Rustler Roundup Sept. 14-16 at the Fremont County Fairgrounds in Riverton. The rodeo is the first one of the college season. The season is broken into the fall and spring seasons. The top two rodeo teams from the Central Rocky Mountain Regional qualify for the CNFR.
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