About the Coaches
Coach Kortney Diegel is in her first year as head coach at Dawson Community College. Kortney competed and graduated from DCC before continuing her education and rodeo career at the University of Montana-Western in Dillon, MT. Prior to taking over as the head coach, Kortney was the assistant coach for six years.
Coach Diegel and her husband, Brent, have three children, Saige, Braelyn & Easton.
Coach Paul Eiker is in his ninth year as assistant rodeo coach at DCC. As a rodeo stock contractor, Paul & his family provide stock at high school, NIRA, NRA, and PRCA rodeos throughout Montana and the surrounding areas. Outside of rodeo Paul owns and operates Eiker Inc. and Exit 206 Repairs in Glendive.
Coach Eiker and his wife, Marlene, have three daughters, Kortney (Brent), Torrie, & Haylee (Travis), and five grandchildren, Saige, Braelyn, Saylor, Easton, & Quincey.
Rodeo at DCC
DCC competes in the Big Sky Region which consists of seven schools in Montana and one in Wyoming. There are ten rodeos during the year as five in the fall and five in the spring. Many of these rodeos are indoors and out of the harsh elements.
DCC has a very strong reputation in the Region due to its many past individual champions as well as team championships. The reason for all of this success is the many hours spent practicing both timed events and roughstock. Our practice facilities consist of both an outdoor and indoor arena. Practice takes place until the middle of November in the fall and starts back up the first week of February in the spring. There is access to great practice stock year around.
The DCC coaching staff consists of individuals who compete year around as well and can give great hands-on help to athletes to improve their performance.
For more information on the Buccaneer rodeo program and DCC’s other intercollegiate sports, email DCC Athletic Director Joyce Ayre. Student rodeo athletes who are interested in competing for DCC are encouraged to contact Rod Paschke at (406) 377-9461 or complete a Prospective Player Questionnaire online.