The surprising departure of former Laramie County Community College rodeo coach Beau Clark became the opportunity that Seth Glause was looking for.
Clark had been with LCCC for two years when the University of Wyoming announced Clark as the new rodeo coach on April 12. Clark led the LCCC men’s and women’s rodeo teams to the top five in the Central Rocky Mountain Region last rodeo season and had athletes like Austin Hurlburt compete at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper.
“All of us rodeo athletes were shocked at first, and we were all a little nervous because we didn’t know if anyone could fill his foot steps. Then Seth got the job and we all knew we would be just fine,” said sophomore breakaway roper Laramei Bain.
Other staff members would agree with Bain, including newly hired Athletic Director Clark Rasmussen.
“We are very excited to have Seth join the LCCC Athletic Department. Seth’s going to bring energy, enthusiasm and great experience to the rodeo program,” Rassmussen said.
Two months after the news of Clark’s departure, LCCC announced that Glause was promoted to head coach. Glause is in his fourth year as an LCCC coach, serving under former interim rodeo coach Kirby Eppert and Clark.
Glause has been around rodeo for more than 10 years, and had many experiences. Glause competed in rodeo as a college student, he competed multiple times at Cheyenne Frontier days, and also at the NFR which could be considered the Super Bowl of rodeo. The NFR is held every year in December in Las Vegas.
“I competed for a living for 10 years, I made the CNFR three times then the National Finals Rodeo four years for bull riding,” Glause said.
Glause was planning on being a rodeo athlete much longer, but due to injury he called it a career. Glause said he had a total of four shoulder surgeries in three years, with the last one, in 2016, being the worst.
“The last time in 2016, I got bucked off a bull and landed just right, which broke the bone and bent the screws in my shoulder to a 90 degree angle. Where they put a cadaver bone in my shoulder along with more stainless steel screws,” Glause said
That last shoulder injury and the birth of his daughter in December of 2015 was when Glause knew it was time to call it a career.
Glause said being around the students helped him realize that coaching was where he wanted his life to go. It made him realize he wanted to help students in the classroom while coaching them in the arena.
Glause said he believes his passion for students and his knowledge and experience in rodeo will help him continue the rodeo team’s success.
“I have the experience and know what it’s like to be successful at the highest level. My experience through college, I think I can pass that on to the kids and help them see the importance of being in the classroom,” Glause said.
Glause said that he wants to see his athletes strive to be the person that they want to be. He said that Clark was a great mentor in leading him into the head coaching position.
Like Clark would, Glause said he is going to keep telling his athletes “always moving forward.” Glause also expects a 3.0 grade point average from his athletes. While he wants success in the arena, he said class comes first.
Athletes like Hurlburt, Houston Brown, and Caydee Johnson are a few of many returning stars for the Golden Eagles rodeo team. Brown won the Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo held here at LCCC in March. He was also top five in the CRMR standings for saddle bronc riding and looked to be on his way to the CNFR before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. Hurlburt, who competes in tie-down roping, went to the CNFR for LCCC this summer, and Johnson is also a top 10 returner in the breakaway-roping event.
The rodeo team will be competing at the Central Wyoming College Rodeo on Sept. 28 in Riverton and at the Lamar Community College Rodeo on Oct. 5 before returning home for the Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo on Oct. 12 at the LCCC Arena.