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New rodeo coach on right track
Aug 16, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Drew Schrock is off to a good start as the new head rodeo coach at Central Wyoming College.
Schrock made a strong presentation last month, along with two other worthy candidates, to make his move into the head coaching position. A big item on his resume was being an assistant coach last year at CWC. He also a former rodeo cowboy for the Rustlers.
Schrock is going to have pressure on him to keep the CWC rodeo program one of the best in the United States.
"I have been around the program, and I understand the program," Schrock said. "CWC has a lot of tradition. I have been a part of the tradition." Schrock has the resources at CWC and the background to make sure there isn't any drop off from what former Rustler coaches Lynn and Rick Smith did at the Riverton campus.
The husband-and-wife tandem made people notice Central Wyoming College rodeo nationwide. The CWC women are coming off an amazing second-place finish last month in the team standings at the College National Finals Rodeo in June. The Rustlers also made winning or finishing in second-place a habit in the Central Rocky Mountain Region. The top two teams from the CRMR make the CNFR in Casper. The first thing Schrock did to keep the tradition alive and well at CWC was sign Glendo's Austin Eller, one one of the top high school cowboys from Wyoming. Eller was eighth at the National High School Finals Rodeo last month in Rock Springs in steer wrestling. He will be asked to have similar results in his freshman season at CWC.
"Austin is really good," Schrock said. "I watched him all last year. He just has the right attitude. He has a winning attitude. I'm really excited about him coming."
Eller will be stepping into a veteran team coached by Schrock.
The Rustlers finished fourth in the region and had four cowboys qualify for the CNFR.
"I expect this team to be stronger than last year," Schrock said. "With all the experience they have, you can't beat that. They understand what it takes."
The four leaders back for the CWC men will be Colton Miller (saddle bronc), Stetson Jorgensen (steer wrestling), Tyler Williams (bull riding) and Charlie Kogianes (saddle bronc). Miller showed local fans his rodeo skills earlier this month when he won the saddle bronc title at the PRCA rodeo at the Fremont County Fair in Riverton. Another positive thing the Rustlers and Schrock did was entice former CWC cowgirl Traci Hinman to stay on as assistant coach. Hinman just finished her fourth season competing for the Rustlers. She was the team captain last season, and she knows what it takes to make the CWC rodeo athletes focused all season long.
Hinman will have to learn how to get the best cowgirls to come to Riverton and work with her in the goat tying, barrel racing and breakaway roping events to keep them near the top of the team standings. It looks like the CWC rodeo program is in good hands with Schrock and Hinman running the show.