LCCC names new rodeo coach

A nationally recognized steer wrestler and rodeo coach will take the reins for the LCCC Golden Eagles beginning this fall.

Beau Clark will lead the LCCC rodeo team as it starts a new season.

"Cheyenne is cowboy country," Clark said. "I see an opportunity to continue building a program that has all the resources and first class facilities needed to allow students to become extremely successful in the classroom and in the arena."

As a competitive steer wrestler, he was highly ranked in the PRCA and a champion at several rodeos. In 2012, he placed third in the average at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

He just finished his stint as assistant rodeo coach at Montana State University, where he had numerous conference and event champions, as well as 15 qualifiers for the College National Finals Rodeo. He also has led a number of clinics and schools for the sport.

A graduate of MSU in agriculture business, he also played football at the school.

Clark takes over for David Browder, who left the position earlier this year. Kirby Eppert served as interim head coach during the spring and summer semesters.

The search was exhaustive and involved a number of highly qualified candidates from across the region, according to Scott Noble, LCCC's director of athletics and campus recreations.

"This is great, to be able to bring in a coach with this kind of experience and talent," Noble said. "We've also got to thank Kirby, who did a tremendous job for us in the interim."

Clark arrives on campus this August and is raring to start work with some experienced student-athletes and the new recruits, not to mention a supportive campus environment.

"You win with people," he said, "and I'm excited to be surrounded by the people at LCCC."