When Postcards followed the daily routine of SHSU Rodeo Coach Bubba Miller back in 2012, readers only thought Coach Miller was busy; wait until you hear what he is up to now. A man of many traits (rodeo coach, preacher, father and husband), Miller leaves a positive impact on those around him.
A lot has happened in the past two years. In the spring of 2012, the SHSU Rodeo Team became the Reserve National Champions in the college division, and the Women’s team won 3rd in the nation. Many of the SHSU Rodeo Team members have gone on to achieve various awards in the professional circuit. Trey Benton is a Champion Bull Rider. Caleb Schmidt has placed in the National Finals College Rodeo. Cody Teel is currently in third place in the world with bull riding. Liz Combs has placed in the Nationals twice, and is top 20 in the world. Team alumni furthered their rodeo careers, but the team produces many young leaders in various other careers as well.
Coach Bubba Miller (along with his wife Tammy) is also bringing up future Bearkat Rodeo Team members at home. Their son Bradlee recently traveled to Las Vegas twice, where he placed third in the miniature bull riding finals. And their daughter Sonilyn continues to barrel race and take part in the CTYA finals. She also has spent a little time modeling for Alexis Bloomer, Rock and Roll, and Wrangler.
The SHSU Rodeo Team has a busy semester coming up, starting in February with rodeos at Trinity Valley Community College and at Texas A & M. Coach Bubba Miller, along with Aaron Sandel, hope that the team will achieve National Titles in the future. They say it is a constant work in progress, and they keep training every day. Even though it is great to have Bearkat graduates, it is a sad to lose members of the team. Aaron Sandel says of Coach Miller, “He cares for all the members; he pushes them hard and wants them to do their very best. He is a great coach!” Coach Miller says, “I want to encourage team members to be well-rounded citizens, having a positive impact on the community and a positive impact on the youth.”