UWA names new rodeo coachBy Staff Reports Published 10:43am Tuesday, August 20, 2013
LIVINGSTON – Former Tiger Wrangler Alex Caudle has been named head rodeo coach at the University of West Alabama, according to an announcement by Director of Athletics Stan Williamson today.
“I am looking forward to being able to work at home, where I went to school and rodeoed for four years,” Caudle said. “With my love for rodeo it’s a bonus to get to do it as a job at my alma mater.”
Caudle was a member for the UWA rodeo team from 2007-11, where he was a College National Finals Rodeo qualifier and the Ozark Region Reserve Champion tie-down roper in 2010. In 2012, Caudle was the International Professional Rodeo Association World Champion Rookie of the Year in tie-down roping.
“We are very pleased to have Alex take the reins of our rodeo program,” Williamson said. “As a former Tiger Wrangler he is familiar with our program and knows the direction we want to go in. We expect great things under his leadership.”
A 2012 UWA graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology, Caudle comes back to UWA from Alabama Southern Community College, where he has been serving as an instructor of industrial maintenance.
He has also served as an instructor at Winning Ways Calf-Roping School II, III and IV, as well as the Caudle and Pharr Calf-Roping School. While serving as a graduate assistant coach at UWA, he recruited current national champion tie-down roper Zach Wilson.
“With lots of work and the help of our community, I see a lot of good things happening for this rodeo program,” Caudle said. “We are looking forward to everyone in the community getting on board with us because this community needs to know they are a great part of how successful we will be.”
Caudle was a Professional Cowboy Association finalist in 2010, 2011 and 2012, while also earning a finalist spot in the Southeastern Professional Rodeo Association in 2012. He is a member of US Calf Ropers Association, the Professional Cowboys Association and the International Professional Rodeo Association.