Rodeo star Stockton Graves to lead Northwestern program

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Rodeo star Stockton Graves to lead Northwestern program

November 17, 2011 

 Graves and Loch
Stockton Graves (right), along with fiancé Crissi Loch, a 2002 Northwestern alumna with a Bachelor of Science in business administration degree, will return to Northwestern as Graves takes on the role as head rodeo coach.  Both Graves and Loch are from Ponca City.

Former Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo star and current tour professional Stockton Graves has been selected to lead the men’s and women’s rodeo programs at his alma mater.

Graves was introduced to his team Wednesday evening.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve as the new head coach, and coming back to Alva and Northwestern,” said Graves. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Northwestern and want to share that experience with the current and future members of the rodeo team. I’m pleased to be able to give something back to the University and the community.”

Andrew Carter, director of athletics, said Graves’ record of success and familiarity with the program made him the best choice for the job following a nationwide search.

“Stockton’s experience as a performer at the collegiate and professional levels certainly gives him instant credibility with the members of our rodeo team, the collegiate rodeo community, and with prospective recruits,” said Carter. “Being a graduate of Northwestern, he understands the importance of the program to the University and the community, and the expectations that go along with being the head coach.”

Originally from Ponca City, Graves was a member of the Northwestern rodeo team from 1997 through 2002. He was the Central Plains Region champion steer wrestler twice during his collegiate career and qualified for the College National Final Rodeo three times. He still holds the College National Finals arena record of 3.4 seconds.

Graves graduated from Northwestern in 2002 with a degree in agriculture business.

As a professional cowboy, he has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo six times in his career, is a two-time Prairie Circuit Champion, a two-time Dodge National Circuit Finals qualifier and a Dodge National Circuit Finals Champion – all in steer wrestling. He has been a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association since 1997.

Graves was inducted into the Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame in January.