GREG KERNICK, competing in the Southwest Region of the NIRA, widely known as the toughest competition in the nation, the Howard College team is continually competitive under the leadership of Head Rodeo Coach Greg Kernick. Kernick, a Kansas native has extensive rodeo experience as a competitor and coach that he brings to the table as he leads students to success.
Coach Kernick understands the importance of a college education having graduated from Pratt Community College with an Associate’s of Applied Science. Kernick continued his studies and graduated from Oklahoma Panhandle State University with two Bachelor’s degrees one in Agribusiness and one Agricultural Education, and a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership.
Both education and experience put Coach Kernick in the driver’s seat as he works one-on-one with his students to help them be as successful as possible, both in the classroom and the arena
Coach Kernick has held the reins of the Howard College rodeo program since the fall of 1999. Kernick welcomes the challenge that coaching in the Southwest Region brings. “The Southwest Region is definitely one of the top regions in the nation,” said Kernick.
Success for this coach comes from his commitment to college rodeo. Before arriving in Big Spring, Kernick enjoyed five successful years at Cochise College in the Grand Canyon Region, which included, five consecutive journeys to the CNFR. Prior to his stay at Cochise, Kernick was an assistant for two years at his alma mater, Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
Having primarily competed in the steer wrestling, Kernick has competed in the tie down roping and team roping contests. Coach Kernick has competed in several amateur associations and the PRCA. Now he occasionally competes in the team roping. “As you get older your priorities change, not that I don’t miss the competition. I have a family and a program to take care of,” said Kernick.
Greg and his wife Rhonda have one son, Trevor, and one daughter, Kaylee. The Kernick kids have already taken to the sport of rodeo, as both compete in youth associations and each have won buckles and other awards.