Robert Etbauer

Panhandle State Rodeo legend Robert Etbauer has built various connections in the Goodwell area and across the country. Etbauer is originally from Ree Heights, South Dakota, and serves as the Head Rodeo Coach.

Robert Etbauer

The rodeo team members all provide me with a lot of entertainment! There's always a lot of action going on, and that's just how I like it.

Robert Etbauer

In his eleventh year at Panhandle State, he enjoys coaching his students to be their best possible version of themselves. Etbauer started working as the assistant rodeo coach under Craig Latham until he had to step down due to his health. He then took over the role of Head Coach of Rodeo.

Etbauer attended Panhandle State in 1981-1983 & 1985-1986, studying Animal Science. He wanted to college rodeo, see new country, and spend the winter in a warmer climate. He was recruited by Doc Gardner & Phil Martin to rodeo for them.

Interim President Dr. Ryan Blanton stated, “I have heard from many students and alumni that one of the many reasons they came to Panhandle State was to be coached by Robert Etbauer. He is a man of few words, but his talents stretch far and wide. Panhandle State is better because of him.”

Etbauer’s favorite things about Panhandle State are the faculty and staff and the entire community, who all work together and give the rodeo team so much support.

Assistant Women’s Rodeo Coach Shelbie Rose commented, “I have never met anyone that works as hard as Robert. He’s’ always trying to make this program better. I am so grateful to get to coach alongside him. He goes far above what most coaches do, and you can tell that he really cares about our student-athletes and their success not only in the arena, but in life. I am thankful to have him as a colleague and friend.”

He enjoys watching and spending time with his grandchildren Talon, Rally, and Ridge during his free time. His three children, Chancy, Trell, and Shade, were all on the rodeo team while they were students. “The rodeo team members all provide me with a lot of entertainment! There’s always a lot of action going on, and that’s just how I like it.”, says Etbauer.

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