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Garrett Nokes

Mid Plains Community College Rodeo Coach Garrett Nokes has passed away

Nebraska's all-around cowboy great Garrett Nokes has passed away at the age of 45.  


Garrett was kicked in the head on January 28th, but after a helicopter life flight had fought back from emergency surgery and a scary stay in the ICU. He worked his way out of the hospital, and was so happy to be back home with love of his life Laura and their beautiful boys, Trevor and Parker.


Garrett bulldogged at the 2005 NFR, and finished fourth in the world that year. Another big thrill in his cowboy career was winning the #12 and his half of the $290,000 that went with it at the Ariat World Series of Team Roping Finale at the South Point in Vegas with Scott Smith in 2017.


Garrett graduated from Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and has been an amazing mentor of young talent as Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team coach in North Platte.


Thank you for all you did for our sport and rodeo family, Garrett.  You were a true friend to so many all ages.


Love to all who will miss him most.


Garrett Nokes Family Account

P.O. Box 1297

McCook, NE 69001




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Statement from Mid-Plains Community College:

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mid-Plains Community College Head Rodeo Coach Garrett Nokes. Garrett passed away unexpectedly on Sunday at his home.

Garrett was released from the hospital earlier this weekend after sustaining a head injury from a horse at his home after rodeo practice on the evening of January 28.

“Garrett’s strong work ethic was second to none. He led by example and held high expectations for his student-athletes to do the same. Garrett will be missed, but the impact he had on people both inside and outside of the rodeo arena will live on through them forever,” said President Ryan Purdy.

Please keep the Nokes family, Garrett’s team, and the college in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.