Freedom New Mexico
Albert Flinn has been hired to take over as rodeo coach at Eastern New Mexico University.
Flinn, who is retiring after a 34-year banking career, will replace David Browder after the ENMU administration chose not to renew his contract. Browder will complete his eighth year at the school at the College National Finals Rodeo in early June.
Flinn brings 15 years of experience in rodeo to ENMU four decades after leading the squad to a runnerup finish in the 1967-68 national finals and a regional championship in 1964-65 as a participant.
He led ENMU to its first National Intercollegiat Rodeo Association Southwest Regional championship in 1965. The team qualified for the NIRA finals in 1966 and 1968.
Prior to his graduation from ENMU, Flinn was the first NIRA regional secretary from the Southwest Region. He had a six-year stint as an adult director for the New Mexico 4-H rodeo program.
His rodeo career began in 1959 as a member of New Mexico’s national high school championship team, where he finished second in bull riding. Flinn also qualified for the short-go in two events in the National High School Rodeo Finals in 1960.
Flinn and wife Jenny have a son, Cooper, who began competing in rodeo at the age of nine. Cooper Flinn has earned a master’s degree from the University of Tennesee-Martin, where he currently serves as a graduate assistant rodeo coach.