Posted at 5p.m. Oct 5, 2016

Beau knows rodeo

College hires new rodeo coach

“My overall goal is to utilize every resource available to encourage success. ”

Beau Clark

LCCC rodeo coach

Laramie County Community College has hired a nationally recognized steer wrestler and rodeo coach, Beau Clark, who will take the reins for the LCCC rodeo team as the new season begins.

“Mike True, the former Montana State head rodeo coach, encouraged me to apply at LCCC,” Clark said. “I felt that LCCC was a good fit because of the people who work at LCCC and the resources that are available for the rodeo program. LCCC’s rodeo facilities help contribute to the essential pieces that are needed to create a successful college rodeo program environment.”

Clark said he started competing in rodeo when he was a little kid and has stuck with it since. Clark was a competitive steer wrestler and was ranked high in the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association standings and was a champion at many rodeos. He finished third in the average at the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Clark recently finished his stint as the assistant rodeo coach at Montana State University. He led his athletes to numerous conference and event championships and has had 15 athletes qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo. He has also led many rodeo schools and clinics.

Clark graduated from MSU in 2004 with a degree in agriculture business. He also played defensive tackle for the MSU Bobcats football team.

Clark takes over for David Browder, who resigned from the position on March 1. Clark said one of his biggest accomplishments is being hired as the LCCC head rodeo coach. Kirby Eppert served as interim head coach during the 2016 spring and summer semesters, but she is no longer part of the coaching staff this season.

Clark has many goals for his team as he takes the reigns. “My overall goal is to utilize every resource available to encourage success and positive choices for each person on our team,” Clark said. “I feel that the rodeo program can accomplish these goals by creating an environment that encourages commitment to excellence for each individual, while still holding each other accountable.”

Clark said that he encourages success in the classroom. “Our athletes are here to get an education so they can be successful when they leave LCCC,” Clark said. “If we do a good job with our number one priority of encouraging people to be who they want to be, those people will strive for excellence in the classroom.” Clark said in his opinion, by encouraging his athletes to succeed outside of the classroom and the arena, they will be able to succeed in the classroom, the arena, and in everything they do.

Clark said he has had many mentors and other people who have been very influential throughout his rodeo career. “It would be hard to pick just one person,” Clark said. “My greatest mentors are my dad for encouraging good work ethic and my mom for encouraging a good attitude and enthusiasm.” Clark said that he was lucky to be raised by parents who encouraged him to find a way to be successful, rather than giving up and creating limitations for himself.