The Seventh Annual induction ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Muse Center on the Rankin County campus of Hinds Community College.

Lawrence “Bud” Young started his bull riding career in 1957 at the age of 12 and joined the International Professional Rodeo Association in 1964 where he is still an active member. He also competed in the PRCA, CRA, URA and the Deep South Rodeo Association.

Young came to Northwest in 1973 as an instructor in livestock management technology, starting the College’s first rodeo team that same year. Under his leadership, the Northwest team traditionally earned awards in local, regional and national competition. His team members won championships in bareback riding, bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling and in the All-Around category.

The longest tenured coach in Northwest’s athletic history before retiring in 2009, Young coached college rodeo for 36 years, was the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) facility director for 18 years and also served as NIRA National Facility President for two terms.

Young was inducted into the Northwest Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, and in that same year, was also honored with the announcement of the Lawrence “Bud” Young Endowed Scholarship which benefits a student in the college rodeo program. 

Since retirement, Young has stayed involved as the arena manager of the Northwest Multipurpose Arena and is an adjunct faculty member teaching plant science. He also works with high school students in the area by conducting workshops and seminars for private groups as well as for members of the Little Britches Rodeo Association.