Two days after Mesalands Community College held their fall registration rush, officials announced they have hired an interim intercollegiate rodeo coach and an assistant rodeo coach to lead the team in as they prepare to start their 2013 season on Sept. 20 at Tsaile, Ariz.
Mesalands President Dr. Thomas W. Newsom approved the hiring of Tim Abbott of Midland, Texas, to serve as the interim rodeo coach for the college during the 2013 season.
“We are very excited for our current and future rodeo student athletes to have Coach Abbott joining our program,” Newsom said. “He brings the experience and a great passion for the sport that will continue to build our program’s success.”
Abbott was working with Permian Power Tong in Odessa, Texas, as field sales representative before accepting the position at Mesalands, said Kimberly Hanna, director of public relations.
Abbot has been a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) since 2008, competing professionally in steer roping and team roping. According to the PRCA website, he is ranked 20th in the world in the steer roping event.
Hanna said Abbott’s extensive background of competing in collegiate and professional rodeo, and his understanding of the importance of academics made him the ideal candidate for this position.
Abbott attended the University of Texas, Permian Basin in Odessa from 2005-2006. He also attended Odessa College from 2001-2013.
In college he competed in calf roping, steer wrestling and in team roping. In 2001 he was named the Texas High School Rodeo Association All-Around Cowboy.
Abbott was the Odessa College Rodeo Club President from 2002-2003. He was a College National Finals Rodeo (CFNR) qualifier in 2002 and in 2003. In 2008, he was the named the PRCA Steer Roping Rookie of the Year and the PRCA Texas Circuit All-Around Rookie of the Year. In 2008, he won the Cheyenne Frontier Days Championship title in steer roping and was a National Finals Steer Roping qualifier. Abbott also received the Dixon McGowan Memorial Steer Roping Award.
“I’m very excited about this position. It was an opportunity that came up that I really couldn’t pass up,” Abbot said. “The reputation and the tradition that Mesalands has been building over the last six or eight years is pretty incredible, and I’m very honored to be next in line to carry out that tradition.”
Abbot will fill the vacancy left by former head coach C.J. Aragon who resigned in July to accept the head rodeo coaching position for the Odessa College Wranglers.
Aragon took over Mesalands’ rodeo program in 2007, which at the time was ranked 117th in the nation and had sent only one competitor to the CNFR.
While Aragon was coach the women’s team earned a No. 1 national ranking and the team qualified to compete five times at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.
Staci Stanbrough of Capitan will assist Abbott as assistant rodeo coach and serve on the Animal Science faculty.
Stanbrough worked at the Harry Vold Rodeo Company in Pueblo, Colo. Harry Vold is a 11-time PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year. Stanbrough assisted Vold in conducting professional rodeos.
She graduated from NMSU with a Masters of Agriculture with a concentration in Domestic Animal Biology. She also received her Bachelors of Animal Science from NMSU.
She was a member of the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Rodeo Team in Las Cruces, from 2006-2011, competing in breakaway roping, goat tying, and in barrel racing.
Stanbrough was a four-time qualifier for the CNFR and was an Academic All-American recipient for four years. She was highly involved with the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. In 2010, she was the National Student President and was the Grand Canyon Region Student Director from 2009-2011.
“The people at Mesalands have been really helpful and nice. I like that it’s a smaller campus. I’m excited to help with the Rodeo Team as Tim Abbott’s assistant. I think that we will be a good fit together,” Stanbrough said. “Hopefully, we can keep winning in the Grand Canyon Region and in the nation.
The Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team will kick-off the 2013 season on Sept. 20-21, at Dine College in Tsaile, Ariz.