Ride ’em, cowboy: Lubbock Christian hoops coach claims hefty roping prize
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in Texas reports:
It’s taken John Copeland 30 years to amass 444 wins on the basketball court.
In the span of two days this past weekend, he won six figures in the rodeo ring.
Copeland, the longtime men’s basketball coach at Lubbock Christian University, won the No. 10 amateur division at the World Series of Team Roping on Saturday in Las Vegas. The title came with a check for $200,000, which he split with partner Sparky Stephens of Hereford.
“The pros up here don’t win that much in one sitting,” Copeland said Monday on his way back from Las Vegas. “That’s what’s unbelievable, that an amateur, and a 60-year-old man, can rope for that much.”