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TBirds Hire Two Coaches for Its Rodeo Team

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Stewart Kinley and Clay Bonner

8/23/2017 5:49:23 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

New Mexico Junior College has hired two coaches, Clay Bonner and Stewart Kinley, for its Top 10 National Rodeo team. 

“Since both of these young men have extensive rodeo knowledge and skills, we decided to have co-coaches for our Tbirds Rodeo team,” says Deron Clark, Athletic Director. “Their level of talent and passion for the sport will help our student-athletes continue to be champions.”

Clay Bonner specializes in timed-events. He was a member of the Eastern New Mexico University Men’s Rodeo team for four years while completing his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. He is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the United Professional Rodeo Association. As a member of the TCRA, he was the year-end champion calf roper. Since leaving Eastern, Bonner has been in the equine and beef business, working with AgriClear (an online cattle marketing company) and Richard Derrer Horseshoeing, while continuing to compete in rodeo events at the amateur and professional level.

“I am excited to join the Thunderbird family, and thankful for the opportunity to coach at such an exceptional facility,” said Bonner. “Stewart and I are looking forward to giving these students every opportunity to excel at their respective events.”

Stewart Kinley will concentrate on rough stock events. He is an NMJC alumnus, eventually receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico in agriculture and diesel service technology. Kinley has extensive experience with rough stock and timed events, competing for ten years in bullriding, four years in bareback riding, and ten years in team roping. For the last eight years, he has taught kids how to rope and ride bulls at different camps around the United States and Canada. Kinley has worked as a ranch hand, and owned his own business, Kinley Kleaning in Portales, NM.

“It’s an honor to get to coach the greatest sport in the world at a college that has invested so much into its rodeo program,” said Kinley. “I’m looking forward to helping students reach their potential inside and out of the arena.”

Two positions opened in the rodeo coaching department when Marty Eakin, former Tbirds Head Rodeo Coach, relocated to Vernon College as head rodeo coach; and Richard “Doc” Morris was assigned other duties at NMJC.  

Both Bonner and Kinley will start at NMJC August 23, 2017, with rodeo workouts starting August 28.

For more information: Deron Clark, Athletic Director: or 575-492-2741.

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