Dantan Bertsch is the new assistant rodeo coach at Casper College, the school announced in a press release on Thursday. He is the first assistant named under head coach Jhett Johnson.

Bertsch is a 2015 graduate of Casper College and spent three years rodeoing for the Thunderbirds under head coach Tom Parker. Bertsch was a saddle bronc rider and bareback bronc rider his first two years before competing exclusively in bareback riding his last year.

In 2015, Bertsch finished atop the Central Rocky Mountain Region bareback standings to help the T-Birds win the regional title. He then tied for sixth in bareback at the College National Finals Rodeo and the T-Birds finished 14th in the team standings.

“My time at Casper College was the best three years of my life,” Bertsch said in the release.

Since graduating, the native of Saskatchewan, Canada, has competed professionally as a member of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Last season he was a Tabor Pro Rodeo Champion and the All-American Rodeo Champion in addition to being an All-American Pro Rodeo Finals Qualifier and Canadian Finals Rodeo Qualifier.

The addition of Bertsch gives the T-Birds experience “on both ends of the arena,” said Johnson, the 2011 world champion heeler. “Dantan ... was a champion in and out of the arena. I’m very excited to have him working alongside me.”

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Star-Tribune reporter Brady Oltmans covers high school and college sports.

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