Southeastern Director of Athletics Keith Baxter has announced that Christi Braudrick will take over the reins of the Savage Storm rodeo program.
Braudrick is a Southeastern graduate who competed as a member of the rodeo team from 1992-95 under legendary coach Betty Gayle Cooper-Ratliff and was a member of the 1994 team that finished national runner-up at the College National Finals Rodeo.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to manage the equestrian center and coach the rodeo teams at Southeastern," said Braudrick. "The equestrian center, under the direction of Betty Gayle Cooper-Ratliff was a place where I learned the true meaning of work ethic, respect, and how to fill expectations. I am looking forward to giving back to a university, rodeo team, community, and a facility that I once was very devoted too. I look forward to the equestrian center and the rodeo teams hosting events the community can enjoy."
"Christa brings passion and commitment to the program," said Baxter, "And we are lucky to be able to have her work ethic and passion guiding the program."
"She excelled as a student-athlete here," he continued, " and she has continued to stay involved in rodeo through herself and her family."
Braudrick has been an educator throughout Oklahoma and Texas since 1997, and has coached multiple sports while also facilities, fundraising and community programs.
She served as unit director for the Boys and Girls Club from 2001-06, and during this time implemented horseback riding, roping and elementary basketball programs.
As a student she taught western and equestrian riding through continuing education course, while also helping to manage the equine, livestock and facility grounds. She also helped conduct rodeo camps and clinics.
As a teacher, she and her students have been well recognized for their success both athletically and academically.
She has also served as the junior rodeo association directors for breakaway roping in both Texas and Oklahoma.
She is a 1995 graduate of Southeastern with a BA in social studies education, and received her masters of education from SE in 2013.