Bronc Rumford has been named the new head coach of the Fort Hays State University's rodeo team.
Rumford was on the rodeo team
while a student at FHSU, competing in bareback riding,
steer wrestling, and calf roping. In 1973, he was one
of three men from FHSU to go to the College National
Finals in All-Around Cowboy Classification. Fort Hays
State is the only university to ever qualify three men
for the all-around classification. He graduated in 1974
Rumford is the owner/manager of Rumford Rodeo
Company in Abbeyville. The Rumford Company produces rodeos
all around the USA. Rumford Rodeo Company has qualified
either bulls or horses for the National Finals Rodeo
almost every year. Rumford has been on the National Finals
Rodeo contractors committee and also has been the president
of the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. He also breaks and
trains horses at the ranch in Abbeyville.
In December 2009, Rumford will travel to Spain to put on
rodeos overseas. He has produced rodeos in South America
and Sweden as well.
Ross Russell is the assistant coach. Russell
is a 2008 graduate of Fort Hays State University with a degree
in justice studies. He is originally from Minden, NE, where
he participated in rodeo in high school. He was on Colby
Community College's rodeo team and joined the FHSU rodeo
team when he transferred in fall 2006.
Rumford and Russell replaced Dr. Garry Brower, who coached
the rodeo club for 25 years.