ODESSA - Odessa College Wrangler Rodeo Team Head Coach Clint J. “CJ” Aragon has resigned. His letter of resignation indicated he would be pursuing other professional interests.
In June, Coach CJ Aragon had members of both the Men’s and Women’s Odessa College Wrangler Rodeo Team qualify for the 2018 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. The women’s team finished the NIRA College Finals National Rodeo ranked 6th in the nation, and four members of the men’s team finished in the top 20 competitors in their respective events.
In 2013, during Coach Aragon’s first season as head coach, the Odessa College Wrangler Rodeo Team finished 7th in the nation, the highest rank for the team since 1989, when they won the national title. In 2014, the men’s team finished first in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC), and finished 7th in the nation. In 2015, the women’s team won the WJCAC Conference and finished in the top 25 in the nation.
During his coaching career, CJ Aragon has earned eight Coach-of-the-Year titles, including the 2010 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Coach-of-the-Year and the 2016 Southwest Region Coach of the Year.
Odessa College is moving forward in preparation for another outstanding rodeo season, which begins in the fall. The search for the new rodeo team head coach will begin immediately.