Former CWC cowboy signs on as men's assistant coach

Mar 28, 2012 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Drew Schrock has been added to the Central Wyoming College rodeo men's coaching staff.

Schrock was named to his new position during winter practice.

He was a rodeo athlete for CWC head coach Rick Smith in the late 1990s.

"I ended up at the right spot at the right time," Schrock said. "Rick and I have always had a good relationship. It just turned out pretty well."

Schrock graduated from Green River High School.

"This is the only college program that I have been around," Schrock said. "With Rick, it's the only one that I want to be around. I like the program, and I like the attitude. It seems like if the guys aren't workers, then they don't make it in the program."

Schrock said he owes a lot of his success in the rodeo arena to Smith.

"I look up to coach Smith," Schrock said. "He is a rough-stock event guy, and I'm a timed event guy. I learned a lot about attitude and winning attitude."

Schrock also is an instructor at CWC.

"I bring kids in and they learn how to show horses," Schrock said. "It's a three-semester class. I really enjoy it."

Rodeo background

Schrock qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo during the 1998 season for CWC in calf roping.

Schrock didn't make the finals in his event.

"I still think back to the CNFR all the time," Smith said.

Schrock still participates in the Rocky Mountain Circuit part-time in calf roping.

"I'm not going down hard enough to make the Nationals Finals Rodeo," Schrock said.

In calf roping, the cowboy will attempt to catch a calf by throwing a loop of rope from a lariat around its neck, then jump from the horse, run to the calf and restrain it by tying three legs together.

"The time changes on the type of the cattle for the score that you have," Schrock said. "If you have nine seconds, anywhere you go you'll get some money out of it."

Current team

Schrock wants to spark competition in calf roping, steer wrestling and team roping.

"We have had outstanding practices all winter," Schrock said. "We are just going to do what we have been doing. Things are going to be just fine."

The hard work of practice didn't show in the spring season opener March 16 through March 18 in a rodeo in Gillette College. CWC placed seventh in the team standings.

"We have a winning bunch of guys, and it's just a matter of time before the winning starts," Schrock said.

The Rustlers are sitting sixth in the regional standings at 1,455 points.

Casper College is first (2,855) and the University of Wyoming stands second (2,610).

"These guys are down here four nights a week," Schrock said. "They don't get out of here until 9 p.m., then they have to go home and do school. It takes a lot of dedication."

The spring rodeo season continues for CWC Friday through Sunday at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

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