Saddle Up; Brent Hodges takes reins as Texas Tech's new rodeo team coach
Brent Hodges, an experienced calf roper and currently Texas Tech University's interim rodeo coach, has been selected to fill the position permanently, according to officials within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He officially steps into his new post on July 1.
"I'm extremely excited and honored to be able to serve a rodeo program with such a rich history and tradition," Hodges said. "To have the opportunity to lead the Texas Tech Rodeo Team, that was such big part of my college experience, is just an amazing blessing."
Looking ahead, Hodges said his goal for the team includes becoming a force in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in both men's and women's rodeo. In addition, he would like to continue to build a financial foundation of support for rodeo team's future. And, finally, he plans to focus on recruiting elite student athletes to the university and the growing rodeo program.
The Lamesa native earned his bachelor's degree in agriculture education from Texas Tech. He is a member of the U.S. Calf Ropes Association, Ultimate Calf Ropers Association, American Quarter Horse Association and the Texas Tech Old Timers Rodeo Association.
In addition to his work with Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences faculty, staff and students, Hodges served as a realtor in the Lubbock area and earlier operator and manager of Hodges/KAB Farms in Lamesa. He also worked as owner and manager of Lamesa's H&H Farm Supply.
Tech's Rodeo Team is affiliated with the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, which is represented on more than 220 junior college and university campuses throughout the United States within 11 regions. The Red Raiders compete in 10 NIRA Rodeos each year. One of the year's highlights is the Texas Tech Rodeo during the fall semester. Texas Tech team members take an active role in producing, managing and promoting the event.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2805 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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