Head Rodeo Coach
Phone: (308) 535-3743
World Champion bull rider Dustin Elliott is in his second year of coaching the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team.
When Elliott was hired in 2013 he said, “I’m excited for the opportunity to build a program that has all the potential in the world,” “North Platte is so rich in rodeo history, with Buffalo Bill Rodeo being arguably the first, and best, rodeo in the world. It’s only fitting that we have the best college rodeo team as well.”
Elliott’s interest in riding bulls began at the ripe old age of 10 when he came across his dad’s old rodeo gear bag. He started by riding calves and steers and then graduated to mature bulls when he entered high school rodeo, gaining confidence with proper progression.
His dedication and determination led to success. He was the named Oregon High School Rodeo Champion in 1999 and received a scholarship to Chadron State College. He went on to qualify for the College National Finals three times and won the national title in 2001.
Encouraged and motivated by his success, Elliott decided to pursue bull riding as a profession. His decision was affirmed in 2004 when he won the Profession Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) World Championship.
With four qualifications to the National Finals Rodeo and five to the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Finals, Elliott has accomplished many things that most bull riders only dream of.
“I would say that my success comes from dedication to the sport for over 15 years of riding bulls at all levels,” he said.
Although his career in bull riding was far from over, Elliott didn’t hesitate when offered the position of MPCC Rodeo Team coach.
“I want to give back to the sport that has provided so many opportunities to be successful and set good examples,” he said. “I hope to help MPCC build a nationally ranked collegiate rodeo team and become a household name when it comes to college rodeo. The best way that we can do this is by recruiting student athletes with a goal-driven mindset and dedication both in and out of the arena.”
Elliott resides in North Platte with his wife Cynthia and twin children, Ethan and Emma. Although rodeo is his passion, he also enjoys all sports, especially baseball and football. He loves to golf and spend time outdoors working on the ranch.
“With the support of this great community, I have felt firsthand how they feel about rodeo and their athletes,” he said. “I know we will not let them down with the success and character of the MPCC Rodeo Team.”
Phone: (308) 350-0514
Garrett Nokes is in his first year of being an assistant coach on the Mid-Plains Rodeo team.
Coach Nokes is a graduate of McCook High School in 1994 and has his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in 1998.
During high school, Garrett was the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association champion tie-down roper in 1993 and a National High School Finals qualifier in 1992 tie-down roping, 1993 steer wrestling and tie down, 1994 tie-down and team roping.
In college, Coach Nokes was the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Central Plains Regional Champion Steer Wrestler and All-around cowboy in 1998; third in the nation in the tie-down roping in 1997 and was a member of the National Championship team for Oklahoma Panhandle State University in 1997 and 1998.
In the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Coach Nokes was a National Finals Rodeo qualifier and 4th in the world standings in steer wrestling in 2005. He won numerous all-around titles at rodeos including the Cheyenne Frontier Days in 2006 and the National Western Stock Show in Denver in 2005. 3 time Prairie Circuit Steer Wrestling and all-around champion and 2007 tie-down roping champion.
In the Nebraska State Rodeo Association, Coach Nokes was the 1996 rookie of the year. He was the All-around Champion 2011 and 2014 and the Tie-down Champion 2011, 2013, and 2014
In the Kansas Professional Rodeo Association, Nokes was the All-around Champion 1996,2010,2012, and 2014, Steer wrestling Champion 1996, and the Tie-down roping Champion 2011, 2013, and 2014
Coach Nokes lives south of McCook on a farm with my wife of 11 years Laura (who is a special education teacher for McCook Public Schools), 10-year-old son Trevor, and 6-year-old son Parker. We farm and ranch raising crops, cattle, and performance horses. I spend my time running cattle, training, buying, and selling roping horses, producing rodeos and roping schools, and also am a crop insurance agent for First Crop Ins. LLC