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Montana Western Names JT Robbins as Head Rodeo Coach

August 23, 2021

University of Montana Western Interim Director of Athletics, Janelle Handlos, has announced the hiring of JT Robbins as the university’s next head rodeo coach.

“We are excited to welcome JT home to Montana Western Rodeo. His exceptional experience competing and coaching will serve all of our rodeo student-athletes well,” Handlos said. “JT’s understanding of the support systems for our rodeo program will allow him to get to work quickly and prepare for fall competitions while strengthening our many community partnerships.”

While working in agricultural management for the past two decades, Robbins has also been involved as a Director for the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit, Montana High School Rodeo Association and youth rodeo associations. Though his collegiate and professional experience focused on saddle bronc, Robbins has also competed in timed events and has served as a coach and mentor for youth rodeo participants.

“My family and I are excited to be returning to Dillon and Montana Western Rodeo,” Robbins said.  “I look forward to working with this great group of student-athletes and our supporters.”

Robbins served as a team captain for UMW rodeo and Saddle Bronc Director for the Big Sky Region during his collegiate career. Professionally, he earned a Montana Pro Rodeo circuit title and qualified twice for the Dodge National Circuit Finals.

Robbins will assume his position immediately as the UMW Rodeo Team prepares to begin the fall season at Cody, Wyo. on September 11.