Bridget Coleman

Panhandle State Alumna, Bridget Coleman, Named 2023 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Coach of the Year

Bridget Coleman

Panhandle State has a piece of my heart. I would not be the person I am or where I would be today if it weren't for Panhandle State and college rodeo.

Bridget Coleman

In the rodeo world, success is not just about individual achievements in the arena but also about the dedication and guidance of coaches who mold aspiring cowboys and cowgirls into champions. Bridget Coleman, a proud native of Savannah, Missouri, was named 2023 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Coach of the Year at a ceremony in Casper, Wyoming, at the College National Finals Rodeo. Coleman’s journey from a small town in Missouri to becoming a celebrated rodeo coach is an inspiring tale of determination, passion, and unwavering support.

Coleman’s path to becoming a respected rodeo coach began at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, where she pursued a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business. Coleman’s education laid the foundation for her future career. Reflecting on her college years, Coleman mentioned, “Panhandle State has a piece of my heart. I would not be the person I am or where I would be today if it weren’t for Panhandle State and college rodeo.”

After completing her undergraduate studies, Coleman followed her passion for rodeo and coaching. She took the first step towards her dream by becoming a graduate assistant for the rodeo team at Missouri Valley College. Little did she know that this opportunity would eventually lead her to a prestigious coaching career. Sharing her journey, Coleman stated, “I came to Iowa Central Community College to apply for the assistant coaching job. While interviewing me, they informed me the head coach job was the only position available. Fate had intervened, and the rest is history.”

Coleman’s dedication and commitment to her role as a rodeo coach did not go unnoticed. Her years of hard work and passion for the sport culminated in her being named National Rodeo Coach of the Year.
However, Coleman remains humble, emphasizing the importance of her support system. She said, “Being voted coach of the nation has always been one of my top goals. While I am the face of Iowa Central rodeo, it is the amazing support of the staff and faculty, assistant coach, and family that make this all possible. I have one of the best support systems of anyone out there.”

Coleman continues to make her mark in the world of rodeo coaching; her journey inspires aspiring coaches and rodeo enthusiasts alike. Her passion, dedication, and love for the sport have helped her achieve success and positively influenced the lives of countless young rodeo athletes under her guidance.

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