Meet the Coyote Rodeo Coach
WC Rodeo Coach
Johnny Emmons has competed as a professional roper for over 25 years. He has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) five times: 1989, 1998, and 2001-2003. A former Texas Circuit All-Around and three time Tie-Down Roping Champion, Emmons qualified for the Texas Circuit Finals 20 consecutive years (1988-2007), including five appearances in Team Roping. The 1988 PRCA Texas Rookie of the Year, has earned over $800,000 in career earnings, and was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in April 2014.
A native of Arlington, Emmons grew up in rodeo and the rope business. His grandfather, Pete Emmons earned a living making ropes and saddles with the Pete Emmons Rope Company, which remains a family business to this day in Grand Prairie. His father, Johnny Sr, invented the Nylon Piggin’ String in 1976 and developed some of the first colored and blended lariat ropes that are a staple of today’s Rope market.
Johnny started his roping career at 10 years of age competing in various junior and high school rodeo associations, including the AJRA, NTHSRA, LSHSRA, THSRA, and the NHSRA. Emmons won a Southwest Region Team Roping title and qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in 1986, while attending Vernon College on a rodeo/baseball scholarship.
Emmons served as Weatherford College’s assistant Rodeo Coach from 2005 until taking over Head Coaching duties in 2012. In 2013-14, he was named the NIRA Southwest Region “Coach of the Year." Johnny lives in Weatherford with his wife Tonya and has three children.