Rattler Rodeo Head Coach Linsay Sumpter
Linsay Sumpter, a former California collegiate rodeo competitor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is the OJC Rattler Rodeo coach. Now living in Fowler, Colo., and married to NFR Steer Wrestling qualifier Wade Sumpter, she is a third generation member of the Cotton Rosser rodeo family. She grew up helping to produce rodeos with the family’s Flying U Rodeo Company and working as the herd manager for Rosser Land and Cattle. As a collegiate competitor at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo, Sumpter was a multiple-year College National Finals Rodeo qualifier.
Prior to joining the OJC athletic coaching staff, Sumpter owned and operated her own rodeo school, in both California and Colorado, where she trained young rodeo athletes in various rodeo events. In addition to marketing and promotion work with the Flying U Rodeo Company, she also worked as a national sales manager for a western clothing company and worked for the Professional Bull Riders Inc. as a public relations/marketing manager.
Now in her seventh year as coach of the Rattler Rodeo Team, Sumpter said, “ I’ve been involved in rodeo all of my life and I’m proud to have a hand in bringing the traditions of the sport to Otero Junior College. Having the full support of the college's Athletic Department is a huge asset to this program. Our rodeo team members are truly student-athletes on this campus and we benefit from that designation," said Sumpter.
As part of the OJC Athletic Department, Sumpter has had access to scholarship dollars that enable her to recruit students from the local area, statewide and even nationally.
To prospective rodeo student-athletes, Sumpter explains that OJC is located in La Junta, Colo., an area that has a great history of rodeo and rodeo competitors, in addition to having one of the best climates in the state. Excluding a few blizzards in recent years, most winters are very open, making this an excellent area to ride, rope, and practice year-round. "In addition to scholarships that will help with tuition, we also provide rodeo student-athletes with practice opportunities and additional training in their events. Being able to rodeo as a college athlete is an excellent way for students to pursue a higher education while continuing to compete in the sport they love,” said Sumpter.
Financial and Support Opportunities:
• Tuition and Room & Board Scholarships
• Financial Aid is available to eligible students
• Practice facilities and stock
• Travel support for team members
• Study tables and tutoring support
• Physical conditioning program
Justin Pollmiller - Rodeo Assistant Coach
Justin will be working with the rodeo program as the assistant coach. Justin is a current Pro Rodeo athlete and competes as a bareback bronc rider. He completed his Engineering of Physics Degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University as well as his Master of Business Administration. He served as the assistant rodeo coach at Southwestern for four years.
Rattler Rodeo History
While OJC is one of the newest rodeo programs in the Central Rocky Mountain Region, the college's history with rodeo dates back to 1957. Initially started as the Rattler Rodeo Club in 1957, the program and its competitive teams were an active group on campus until the mid 1980s’ hosting the annual Rattler Roundup Collegiate Rodeo for over 15 years. Due to funding cuts, the program was dropped in about 1985. With interest from students and support from the OJC administration, the Rattler Rodeo Team was revived on a full scale for the 2009-2010 Academic Year. The program is funded under the OJC Athletic Department and recognized as a varsity sport on the campus. Not many rodeo programs in the nation are funded and supported by their athletic departments like the OJC rodeo program. The alliance and support of the athletic department allows the student athletes to enjoy many of the same benefits as other athletic programs. Scholarship packages, academic support and travel support help students achieve their goals both in and out of the classroom.