POPLAR BLUFF -- Three Rivers College has hired Cale Emmett of Vilonia, Arkansas, as the permanent coach for the institution's rodeo team and club.
"Throughout our nationwide search, we were looking for someone who could continue our vision of making the rodeo team competitive on the national level," said Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of Three Rivers. "Cale will not only lead our rodeo team, but will be active in our Student Success division in academic advising and recruiting. He is a PRCA Finalist in Steer Wrestling and holds several arena records. Cale's family is also very active in rodeo and his father is a professional rodeo judge."
Emmett holds a master's degree in management from Lindenwood University, and a bachelor of science degree in agriculture and agricultural business from Arkansas State University. Emmett also has experience in the two-year community college environment, having earned an associate degree from Arkansas State University at Beebe.
"My wife and I are very excited about this opportunity," said Emmett. "I look forward to building a great rodeo program at Three Rivers. I watched several members of the team at Bullfest, and I really feel good about the team we've got. They start their bulls well, and I think we'll have a lot of success this year."
Emmett stated that he wanted to build a tradition of rodeo at Three Rivers.
"We want to have a team that both the college and the community can stand behind," said Emmett. "We will have a positive reputation. I want to help these kids be successful."
Cale Emmett and his wife Shauna, both northwest Arkansas natives, relocated to Poplar Bluff in mid-July.