Angelo State University has announced that Casey Sisk, who helped coach Tarleton State University to the men’s national championship at the 2022 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR), has been named the inaugural head coach for the new ASU Rodeo Team, effective June 1.
A native of Corona, N.M., Sisk has been an assistant rodeo coach at TSU since 2022. In that role, his duties included recruiting and coaching rodeo student-athletes, preparing livestock and arenas for daily practices, safety maintenance to rodeo facilities, feeding and care of livestock, and working with stock contractors for practice bucking bulls and horses.
Prior to joining TSU, Sisk owned and operated CS Quarter Horses & Campstool Outfitters in Muleshoe, where he managed cattle operations for feedlots and cattle buyers, trained horses, consulted for area ranchers, and guided big-game and predator hunts across Texas and New Mexico. He has also coordinated and directed the annual Bulls of the West event in San Angelo since 2016, which raises money each year for the West Texas Boys Ranch and the Riding on Faith Camp in Maxwell, N.M., where he previously served as a saddle bronc riding instructor.
Also an accomplished rodeo competitor, Sisk is an eight-time PRCA Turquoise Circuit Finalist in saddle bronc riding and steer roping, was the 2013 PRCA Turquoise Circuit Finals Champion Steer Roper, and qualified for the 2014 National Circuit Finals in steer roping. At the collegiate level, he was the 2003 New Mexico Rodeo Association Rookie of the Year, the 2005 CNFR Reserve National Champion Bull Rider and the 2005 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Central Plains Region Champion Bull Rider. He has also worked as a PRCA and NIRA pickup man and as a horse trainer for PRCA cowboy, Brent Lewis.
“Casey Sisk fills the entire bill of knowledge, skills and experience we looked for in Angelo State’s first head rodeo coach,” said Dr. Don Topliff, ASU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “He knows firsthand what it takes to build and maintain a national championship college rodeo team. He is also an experienced and successful rodeo cowboy, which will resonate with our team members and prospective student-athletes, and he has strong ties to the San Angelo and West Texas communities. We couldn’t have asked for a better person to lead the ASU Rodeo Team.”
“Coupling my love for rodeo and helping others, I want to help build this rodeo program,” Sisk said. “My goal is to skillfully help rodeo athletes make decisions to perfect their form and technique and master a winning mindset. My rodeo experience is vast on both ends of the arena, and I will be able to use my knowledge and background to push students to perform to their highest abilities while pursuing their education.”
The ASU Rodeo Team will compete in the NIRA Southwest Region. Men will compete in saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping. Women will compete in barrel racing, breakaway roping, goat tying and team roping. The Southwest Region is currently made up of 17 rodeo teams at colleges and universities in Texas and New Mexico, including about 750 student competitors.