MVC Rodeo Coach Named Coach of The Year
MARSHALL, Mo. - Missouri Valley College Rodeo Coach Ken Mason has been named the 2011 Ozark Region Rodeo Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year. Mason was also inducted into the University of Tennessee at Martin Rodeo Hall of Fame. Mason was recognized for both of his accomplishments at the UT Martin rodeo on April 16.
Mason's rodeo career started in Iowa High School rodeo where he won the state championship in bareback riding in 1991 and qualified for the National High School Finals in both bareback riding and saddle bronc riding in 1989, 1990, and 1991.
Mason graduated from the University of Tennessee Martin with a bachelor's degree in business. While attending UT Martin, Mason competed in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, and team roping. His college championships include two-time NIRA Ozark Region Champion Bareback Rider, NIRA Ozark Region Reserve Champion Bronc Rider, NIRA Ozark Region Champion All-Around Cowboy, and two-time College National Finals Rodeo qualifier. Mason was also on two Ozark Regional Championship teams.
Since Mason's arrival in 2005 the MVC rodeo program has seen success in and out of the arena. Facility upgrades including a stable and the Porter-Brown Rodeo Residence Hall were long time goals of the program that were accomplished in 2010.
The men's team finished the season as Ozark Region Champions, winning by 1973.33 points to secure a spot to compete in the College National Finals Rodeo. The men will head to Casper, Wyo., in June. The women ended the season ranked fifth in the Ozark Region.