Neil Williams III New Assistant Rodeo Coach at CC

By: Lisa S. Icenogle

Former Casper College rodeo standout, Neil Williams III, has been named as the new assistant rodeo coach for the Thunderbirds.

Williams represented Casper College for four years in a row at the College National Finals Rodeo and competed during the regular season in three categories: bull riding, bareback bronc, and saddle bronc.

Williams has been a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association since July 2011 and following college continued to compete in the sport through December 2014. Since September of 2014 Williams has been working at Lifetime Health and Fitness as a personal trainer, manager, and CrossFit coach.

“Personal fitness has been my career since leaving Casper College and the knowledge gained through work with clients, and leading CrossFit classes will be the base of any athletic program I help lead,” said Williams. As the new assistant coach, Williams brings a 10-year career to the table with experience competing in all the rough stock events. “Starting in high school and through college, I qualified for the High School National Finals Rodeo and represented Casper College at the CNFR while also competing professionally, he said.

Casper College Athletic Director, Angel Sharman, is looking forward to Williams’ arrival on campus August 20. “I am very excited to have Neil be a part of CC. I know he will push the athletes in bull riding, bronc riding, and saddle bronc riding. His coaching style is going to help Jhett Johnson to continue to have a competitive team.”

Williams replaces Dantan Bertsch who was recently announced as the assistant rodeo coach. Bertsch, who hails from Canada, was unable to obtain his work visa. “Neil graciously accepted the position,” noted Kim Byrd, vice president for student services. “He and Jhett will compliment each other very well, and we are anxious to have Neil on board,” she added.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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