UTM Announces Passing Of Student-Athlete Wyatt Cole

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin athletics department is saddened to announce that Wyatt Cole, a rodeo student-athlete, passed away on Sunday evening. He was 20 years old.

Cole was killed in a car crash outside of Martin.

Cole was majoring in agricultural business during his sophomore season as a UT Martin cowboy. Before attending UT Martin, he graduated from Owen County High School in his hometown of Owenton, Ky.


“Wyatt was a super good kid with a great attitude,” UT Martin head rodeo coach John Luthi said. “He had a hard work ethic and came from a great family. Our prayers go out to his family – he will be missed.”


Cole advanced to the finals of three collegiate rodeos during the 2018-19 season, representing UT Martin in team roping at Missouri Valley College (Sept. 20-22) and in steer wrestling at both Three Rivers College (Oct. 11-13) and at Murray State (Nov. 15-17). He accumulated team points in each of his steer wrestling performances, including a career-best third-place finish in average (13.6 seconds) at Murray State.