SAN ANGELO, TX — Angelo State University starts up its own Collegiate Rodeo Team soon, and they made headway on that endeavor on Thursday when they introduced its new Rodeo Head Coach, Casey Sisk. At a ceremony held in front of the C.J. Davidson Conference Center, the top names at Angelo State welcomed Coach Sisk and detailed what the future holds for Angelo State Rodeo and how he will build a winning program.
Dr. Don Topliff, ASU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, introduced Coach Sisk before the coach gave a short speech and thanked the university for putting their trust in him. Sisk, who helped coach Tarleton State University to the men's national championship at the 2022 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR), will now lead the Angelo State Rodeo team into the future.
Angelo State’s President, Ronnie Hawkins, then stood before the gathered crowd to speak about the importance of forming ASU’s Rodeo team. Angelo State had a Rodeo Club back in the 1960s, but after a death by one of its members in an accident, the Rodeo Club closed its doors. Now with the creation of the new Rodeo Team, Sisk believes Angelo State can become one of the elite collegiate rodeo teams in the country.
After the presentation, Coach Sisk spoke with the media about what he brings to the table for Angelo State.
“I’m from a town about the size of Veribest, and I was recruited. Now, I love recruiting. I love giving kids a chance to further their education…[Rodeo] can help that and open doors in the future."
Being the inaugural coach comes with its own pressure and difficulties, but Coach Sisk says that he’s ready.
“[This opportunity] means a lot to me. I’ve always kicked around the idea of being a rodeo coach,” Sisk said. “I rodeoed professionally for a while, and I’m an open book. I’m always ready to learn new things, and if I can pass down what I know to help someone achieve their goals, then I’m excited about that.
Angelo State will compete in the NIRA Southwest Region. Men will compete in saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, and team roping. Women will compete in barrel racing, breakaway roping, goat tying, and team roping. The Southwest Region is currently made up of 17 rodeo teams at colleges and universities in Texas and New Mexico, including about 750 student competitors.
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