Head Coach & Athletic Director Paul Brown

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Paul Brown is Hill College’s Athletic Director and Head Rodeo Coach. He has led the Rebels for the past 29 years. During his tenure, Hill College has had nine individual national champions (eight in bull riding and one in calf roping) and 10 individual reserve national champions (one all-around cowboy, two goat tiers, one bareback rider, two bull riders, one team roper and two calf ropers). His teams have accumulated 20 regional team championships, 10 reserve regional team championships and have finished in the top 10 teams nationally 18 times.

Brown began his coaching career at Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas, in 1988. He was there for two years until taking over the position at Hill College. Prior to his coaching career, Brown worked as an assistant county agent for the Texas Agricultural Extension in Eastland County and as a research assistant in Stephenville and College Station.

Brown received his bachelor’s (cum laude) and master’s degree from Tarleton State University. While working on his bachelor’s degree, he competed for Tarleton’s rodeo team from 1980-84.

Brown grew up in Cushing, a small East Texas town. He and his wife Traci, who is an academic success coordinator at Hill College, have four children, three daughters and one son, Jake. Randa works for the Department of Family Services Tomile is a radiation therapist at Scott & White Hospital in Temple and is married to Cody Rostockyj, a professional bull rider. Their son, Jake, is a professional bareback rider and former assistant rodeo coach of Hill College is married to Nicole, secretary of Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA). Their youngest daughter, Saige, is a freshman at Covington High School. All of the Brown’s older children are Hill College alumni and they have two grandchildren.

Assistant Coach Lucas Butler

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Lucas Butler has been the Assistant Rodeo Coach at Hill College since the fall of 2016. Previously he assisted the rodeo program at Tarleton State University for four years. 

Butler attended Panola College and competed on the men’s rodeo team. While there he qualified for CNFR in saddle bronc riding and earned an associate degree.

After Panola he transferred to Tarleton to compete on the men’s rodeo. While there he received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture service and development and a master’s degree in agriculture consumer resources. 

Butler and his wife, Kelsey, who is an alum of Hill College, live and work training horses on 4K Ranch in Milford.