We can’t have a “Many Hats” blog without bringing a cowboy hat into the mix, and Doug Kallenberger, Vice President, Ag Loan Officer in Havre, is just the guy to wear it! His ranching background, love for the sport of rodeo and the success he has had makes for a true Montana story!
Doug, who is a native of Havre, came to MSU-Northern’s Rodeo team after a very successful high school rodeo career, where he was a two-time Montana High School Rodeo Association Champion Saddle Bronc Rider and qualified for Nationals twice. While competing for Northern, he qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in 2001 and 2003 and was the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Big Sky Region Saddle Bronc Champion. He’s been a two-time Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals qualifier and a four-time Northern Rodeo Association Finals qualifier. Not only does he ride broncs, but team ropes as well. In 2013, he won a Wrangler Team Roping National Championship.
Doug and his wife Emily coach the MSU Northern Lights and Sky Lights Rodeo Teams, and stay busy with their two children who are also involved in rodeo. You can tell this is a family affair.
How did you first become involved in rodeo?
My first rodeo: I was 4 years old and riding sheep. I fell in love the first time and have been hooked ever since. I went to college on a rodeo scholarship and that is when I really found my deep love for rodeo. While in college, rodeo did everything for me. That is where I met my wife, Emily, and rodeo paid for my schooling through scholarships.
When did you become MSU Northern’s Rodeo Coach and why?
Before I took the rodeo coaching job, I spoke with my Branch Manager at Stockman Bank and he was more than supportive. Stockman Bank is nothing short of amazing in their support of the local community. I became the Rodeo coach in July of 2012; this year marks the start of my 8th season as Head Coach. My wife Emily and I were both on the team at MSU-Northern during our college years, and when the job opened we thought why not? MSU-Northern has a special place in our hearts as we are both alumni. We wanted to give back to the school that gave us such a great education. We were lucky enough that MSU-Northern wanted to take a chance on us.
What have been the most memorable moments of coaching rodeo?
I would have to say the best part is helping kids through school and then seeing them a few years later as adults. Having them be grateful and tell us “thank you for everything you did for me” is the most rewarding part. As far as a single moment, I would say it would be a tie between the men’s team championship that we won in 2013 at Miles City, and the women’s team championship we won in 2017 at the Cody rodeo. Both of those were special as the last time a team from MSU-Northern had won a Team Championship was in 1973.
What is your coaching philosophy as it relates to college students and your expectations?
My philosophy has changed over the years. I feel the number one thing is to enjoy your time here at college since it goes by fast, remember you are here getting an education, and you get to do your favorite sport while doing that. I also tell my athletes to smile J. Finally, and most importantly, remember that “Champions are made in the Practice Pen!”
How do you balance rodeo, Ag Lending and family time?
That is the best part of the job! My wife Emily is the Assistant Coach. She loves rodeo as much or more than I do. We have two younger children and they are on the back of a horse five days a week, at least. They are able to be with us at every practice and rodeo. That is the best part about rodeo – the whole family can be involved!
We tip our hat to Doug and the Stockman Bank people who wear many hats to make our communities better places to live, work, and play!