Cheyenne Frontier Days is a critical rodeo event for many cowboys. This is no different for LCCC’s rodeo coach Beau Clark, though it might come in a different form than it does for most competitors.
Clark has competed in multiple CFD rodeos, but this is the first time the pressure was off because his main focus was on the LCCC rodeo team. Clark knew his experiences, good or bad, could help him in coaching his student athletes.
“Still competing in rodeos and coaching has gone hand in hand because the same things we coach them to do I’m working on,” Clark said. “I’m no different then them.”
Clark believes his current activity as a rodeo cowboy has helped legitimize himself in his student athletes minds.
“I hope it helps them connect that I get what they are going through,”Clark said. “I get it, I’m living it too, we are on the same page so hopefully it helps them take my coaching advice.”
Because of Clark’s personal involvement with rodeos, he feels like it helps him relate with what the student athlete is going through.
“I’m experiencing it too so it helps me help them,” Clark said.
This is also true when it comes to the competitiveness of rodeo. Clark knows he can be just as competitive as the next guy, but he is trying to teach his athletes that winning isn’t everything.
“Don’t be results oriented,” Clark said. “We just want the student to be very task oriented, go do your job.”
Clark knows this is tough to do, but he believes that if his athletes can control their emotions and anxiety, and block out the outside expectations, his team will perform to its best ability.
“To come from where we were last year to this year has a lot to do with the kids we were able to recruit and the way they go about their business,” Clark said. “They are very passionate about what they do, they are very punctual, always on time to practice and stay late. They work their tail off try to get better and have a good healthy work ethic towards what they are doing.”
The men’s team is currently in second place in the Central Rocky Mountain Region standings behind traditional powerhouse Northern Wyoming Community College.
Clark knows that he has an extremely young group of athletes, and is excited to see what the future holds for them. The LCCC rodeo team will be competing this month at the LCCC Arena Oct. 12 through Oct. 14.