Our Coaches


Mark Wilks

Mark Wilks has had the privilege of serving in multiple leadership roles in a variety of youth rodeo associations including the Ky Junior Rodeo Association, Kentucky High School Rodeo Association Jr High Division, and the Kentucky High School Rodeo Association.  In addition to his history of serving in leadership roles, he continues to judge youth rodeos for the Ky Junior Rodeo Association, Kentucky High School Rodeo Association, and Southern Indiana Junior Rodeo Association.

Mark is excited about the opportunity to continue sharing his passion for the sport of rodeo with the members of the UKRT as he embarks on this journey of being their roping coach. He hopes to impart just a small amount of the knowledge and skills he has learned over nearly forty years of roping in some capacity. Mark cherishes the values and work ethic this sport has instilled in him, the “cowboy way”. This has enabled him to be successful in and out of the arena and he is grateful for the opportunity to share this cowboy way of life with the members of the UKRT team and future promotion of the team.


Kelly Curry

Kelly Curry is a professional barrel racer, a full-time equine trainer, and has been training horses for more than 15 years.

In 2006, Kelly joined High School rodeo which launched her barrel racing career into full swing. Kelly also competed in the southwest and Ozark region of NIRA throughout college on rodeo scholarships.

Kelly now owns and operates a fully functioning equine training, breeding, boarding, and conditioning facility that is the home to the UKRT. With Kelly's past in rodeo and training, the UK Rodeo Team is glad to have her as our barrel coach!

Our barrel racing girls have been lucky to have the opportunity to travel with Kelly as she makes her return to professional rodeo.


Jimmie Marshall

Jimmie is a veteran of the rodeo scene. He spent many years competing in PRCA/IPRA competitions. He is a bull riding money earner and has won many buckles. His most important achievement is being able to help the future competitors of rodeo by being part of the UKRT.