Athletic Hall of Fame
Corey Navarre, Rodeo - 2011
Corey Navarre has enjoyed a lengthy career as a professional bull rider long after his days at SWOSU concluded. The Louisiana native has made a home in Weatherford since his arrival in 1995 and has cemented his status as one of the world’s best bull riders. He is the only cowboy in history to qualify for the College National Finals, the PBR World Finals and the National Finals Rodeo in the same year, a feat that he has done twice.
At SWOSU, Navarre was a four-time qualifier for the College National Finals Rodeo under legendary coach Don Mitchell. His most memorable ride was his last, winning the national championship in bull riding and vaulting SWOSU to a dramatic come-from-behind team title in 1999. At the CNFR that year, the Bulldogs were in 16th place at the halfway point and staged an amazing turnaround behind Navarre and teammates Shawn Minor, Clark Dees, Davey Shields, Daniel Adams, Shane Drury and Jeremy Hennigh.
“Corey was as cool as they came. I don’t think I ever saw him get excited,” Mitchell said. “He rode bulls one jump at a time and continues to be one of the very best doing it.”
As a professional, Navarre rides for Team Express where he has been an eight-time qualifier for the PBR World Finals. He is a four-time National Finals Rodeo Qualifier at Las Vegas and enjoyed his best overall finish this year placing second in the average. He has accumulated more than $1 million of prize money over his career and remains one of the most popular riders on the professional circuit.