New Mexico native Philip Berry takes reins of Texas Tech Rodeo Team
Philip Berry is on the ride of his life. And to make that journey even better, the Lovington, N.M. native today (July 1) was named the coach of Texas Tech’s standout rodeo team. Housed in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Berry will lead a group of students that only last year brought home the women’s national collegiate title.
“I enjoy the rodeo lifestyle more than anything,” Berry said. “It’s a pure sport.”
Among Berry’s goals are increasing scholarship opportunities for students, enhancing alumni relations, building new facilities and expanding existing practice areas. Tech’s rodeo team is affiliated with the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, which includes more than 220 junior colleges and universities across the United States. Tech’s team competes in 10 NIRA rodeos each year.
Prior to joining the Texas Tech, Berry served 11 years as the rodeo coach at New Mexico Junior College near Hobbs, NM. He is a seasoned rodeo veteran having spent 20 years participating in rodeo, from junior to collegiate rodeos and for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).
Berry received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Sul Ross State University. He qualified for the College National Finals from 1974 through 1976. Awards for Berry include the Southwestern Region Champion in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (1976), and “Rookie of the Year” in PRCA Steer Roping (1986).
“We have extremely talented students, and I’m looking forward to seeing them excel,” Berry said.
Written by Faith Jurek
CONTACT: Philip Berry, rodeo coach, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2805 or firstname.lastname@example.org