On April 12, the University of Wyoming announced that Laramie County Community College rodeo coach Beau Clark had accepted the same position for UW.
Clark has been with LCCC for two years as the men’s and women’s rodeo coach. Clark said that the job was too good to give up due to the opportunities it opens up for him and his family. Wingspan sat down with Clark to ask him questions about his time at LCCC and what the future holds for him.
What is your background?
Clark: I have been around competition since I was young, since the days of me becoming a little guy wrestler when I was five.
How long have you been at LCCC?
Clark: This was my second season as the head coach.
What were your duties as the rodeo coach?
Clark: To make sure that my athletes are sticking to the mission statement. We (rodeo coaches) showed the kids the LCCC mission statement. We told our kids to keep up in the classroom and maintain a 3.0 grade-point average in the classroom. We expect the same success in the classroom as in the arena. School is so important.
What are the things you’re most proud of?
Clark: What the students are able to accomplish. They are about the team. If someone needed help with something, a teammate would help them at that point. They also go out and fundraise so much for themselves. Like the calendars in the fall and the spring fundraiser. They have raised thousands of dollars for themselves. They also helped themselves in helping themselves get better. The kids wanted to have the ability to use the outdoor arena, they went out and made it where they could utilize it. The indoor arena needed some work, they worked beyond expectations and welded the gates.
What will you miss most about LCCC?
Clark: The community. When I say community I mean the kids, the staff, the Foundation. The support that we have from the community is awesome.
Who do you think will would be a good replacement as head coach?
Clark: Anyone can do a great job with these students. The students will have success no matter what adversity hits them.
How did UW attract you?
Clark: It is just an amazing opportunity for me, my family and my career. It helps me support my family better. There are things that I won’t be able to accomplish there that I would be able to here, but there are things we’ll be able to accomplish there that we couldn’t here. I’m going to miss LCCC so much. It’s been an amazing two years and it’s heart wrenching. That being said, I couldn’t be more excited.
What are your goals for your UW athletes:
Clark: Same thing here. Practice everyday to be better than you were yesterday. That includes in the classroom. To go to class, get your work done and to maintain that 3.0 GPA.
Clark starts his duties at the University of Wyoming on June 19.