@RiderWill Gillette College January 24


My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and  turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University:  Gillette College

Location:  Gillette, WY

I read about a bus driver and four members of the Gillette College women’s basketball team being taken to the hospital after their bus collided with three cows and a power pole on U.S. Highway 14 east of Cody, WY.

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The coach of the team Will Rider stated that the dark, fog and snow flurries concealed the cows until just before the bus hit them. From what I can tell the team is pretty good and hope the injuries are not serious. Coach Rider apparently has great track record of having members of his junior college team move on to NCAA Division I.

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I had never heard of Gillette College before this news story and did find out it is a two year school.  I also discovered their nickname is the Pronghorns.

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Pronghorns are one of North America’s most interesting mammals and are actual antelope. Not only do pronghorns have the longest land migration in the continental United States, they also are the fastest land animal in North America.

Pronghorns can run at speeds close to 60 miles per hour. Although pronghorns are not as fast as cheetahs, they maintain a fast speed for a longer period of time than cheetahs.  When a cheetah has run out of energy, the pronghorn is still going. They’re true marathon runners!

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Gillette College is located in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming which produces about 40% of the nation’s coal and is known as the Energy Capital of the World.

 

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