Lahaye-UMWKody Lahaye is a Wilsall, Mont., native who graduated from Shields Valley High School in 2009. He is entering his second season as the coach of timed events, and second year as a coach for Montana Western.

Lahaye competed for Montana Western from 2009-2014 in steer wrestling, tie-down roping and team roping. He competed in the Montana Pro circuit and the amateur circuit as well.

Lahaye was a 2014 reserve champion all-around cowboy as well as reserve champion steer wrestler in 2014. He qualified for the College National Finals four consecutive years spanning 2011-2014 and finished fifth in the nation for steer wrestling in 2013 and earned an eighth place finish for steer wrestling in 2014. At the regional level he was a champion team roper in 2011. In 2012 he was a reserve champion tie down roper.

In addition to his competing inside the arena Lahaye was a recipient of the Chancellor Scholarship and earned Dean's List honors for his work in the classroom. He was elected the student director of the Big Sky Region for his senior year. 

Lahaye graduated from the University of Montana Western in 2014 with a degree in Business Administration.

 

Else-UMWA native of Idaho, Iola "Olie" Else is a 1969 graduate of Tendoy High School and a 1973 graduate of Western Montana College. She received her master's of education from the University of Montana in 1992. Olie is more than a coach; she is the heart and soul of Montana Western rodeo and is well-known and respected on a local, regional and national level. Else and Montana Western rodeo continue to receive NIRA honors including Coach of the Year, RAWHIDE Award, individual national champions and top ten finishes for both the men's and women's teams. 

Else is the mother of three Montana Western alumni Kayla, a veterinarian, Tad and Tate, who are both educators. Else is also an instructor of business and equine studies at Montana Western.

Iola "Olie" Else, Head Coach

Else-UMWA native of Idaho, Iola "Olie" Else is a 1969 graduate of Tendoy High School and a 1973 graduate of Western Montana College. She received her master's of education from the University of Montana in 1992. Olie is more than a coach; she is the heart and soul of Montana Western rodeo and is well-known and respected on a local, regional and national level. Else and Montana Western rodeo continue to receive NIRA honors including Coach of the Year, RAWHIDE Award, individual national champions and top ten finishes for both the men's and women's teams. 

Else is the mother of three Montana Western alumni Kayla, a veterinarian, Tad and Tate, who are both educators. Else is also an instructor of business and equine studies at Montana Western.