The head rodeo coach of Mid-Plains Community College in southwestern Nebraska is recovering after undergoing emergency surgery to treat a head injury he received from a horse last week, school officials said. Coach Garrett Nokes sustained the injury after returning to his home in McCook after rodeo practice the evening of Jan. 28, according to a news release issued Friday by Mid-Plains. Nokes was taken to McCook Community Hospital, then flown to Kearney, where he underwent surgery.
Nokes remained in Kearney on Friday after being moved to acute rehab unit there a day earlier, the school said. “Garrett is a great ambassador for MPCC and the rodeo team,” Mid-Plains President Ryan Purdy said in the written release. “We ask that everyone continue to keep the Nokes family in their thoughts and prayers during this time.”
Nokes was on the on the Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s first two national championship teams in 1997 and 1998. A member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association since 1996, Nokes currently has more than $740,000 in PRCA career earnings.