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Community Coffee: Coleman Proctor
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Community Coffee strives to serve with consistency, integrity and excellence. This is only one aspect 7x Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Coleman Proctor loves about the family-owned brand.
“They keep the freshness coming to you,” said the 38-year-old from Pryor, Oklahoma. “Having fresh coffee is something that us rodeo guys, particularly, can appreciate.
“We [rodeo contestants] get a lot of 4 a.m. truck-stop coffee that has been on the cooker for way too long and isn’t always the best,” he said.
“They [Community Coffee] package their coffee and ship it straight to your door and ensure freshness that makes a difference.”
Proctor said he drinks a variety of flavors and blends sold by the company, but he starts every morning with Pecan Praline. He added the company also offers a variety of iced late and espresso that are kept cold.
Another thing he said brings Community Coffee and what he is doing now together is the way the brand began in 1919. In 2022, Proctor started a podcast titled “Toter Tales.”
“When you think about people sitting around, telling stories in the mornings, they are enjoying a good cup of coffee,” he said. “So, a podcast setting goes hand in hand with Community Coffee.
“I started by putting little video clips on Facebook to update people on what I am doing and where I’m at,” he said. “The first one posted was because I was trying to figure out how icy the roads were from Texas to Oklahoma.
“People seemed to enjoy the videos, so I coined them the “Toter Tales” because I drive a toterhome,” he said. “And then a buddy said I should start a podcast.”
“It has certainly been a learning experience, but I have been having a lot of fun with it,” he said. “I really enjoy doing it, and as long as people are enjoying it with me, I’ll keep doing it.”
He added it offers an opportunity to feature and promote sponsors and companies, including Community Coffee.
So far, Proctor has released 12 episodes and has featured people like Jess Tierney, Justin McKee and Clay Smith.
According to the “About” description on Spotify, Toter Tales provides an insight into Proctor’s daily life and interaction while on the rodeo trail.
The newest episode features his team-roping partner, Logan Medlin. Together, Proctor and Medlin most recently won the aggregate at the 2023 RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Duncan, Oklahoma.
According to the official results released by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the team averaged 18.1 seconds on three head and won the second go-round with a 4.1 second time.
Heading into the 2023 WNFR, Proctor said he and Medlin are one go-round win away from leading the world standings in the team roping.
“The first time I saw Logan run one, I thought, ‘Man, this kid ropes good,’” he said. “And then we got a chance to start roping together in 2021.
“We were both between partners, and it just worked out for us,” Proctor said. “We have really good chemistry because we’re kind of at the same place in life and have a lot of the same values and work ethic.”
Proctor said teaming up with Medlin has made a huge difference in the direction of his ProRodeo career.
They have made two straight WNFR appearances and have qualified for their third. The pair ended their 2022 rodeo season sixth in the team roping world standings and won two rounds at the WNFR.
The day before their round-eight win, Proctor received a bachelor’s degree in General Studies with an emphasis in Agricultural Business from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
“It was always a huge regret for me,” he said. “I never finished my degree, and I felt like I had let up just before the finish line.
“When I was in college, I always thought I’d make the Finals and not need a degree,” he said. “Then I made the finals, and I was disappointed that I hadn’t finished college and gotten my degree.”
Proctor added he had set a goal to maintain a 4.0 Grade Point Average in his senior year of college. While his final year may have been untraditional, he was proud to say he finished the semester with a perfect GPA.
Another aspect of his life Proctor spoke proudly of was his family. He said they own and live on a ranch in Pryor, Oklahoma, where they are not far from his mother-in-law.
“I am married to the love of my life, Stephanie,” Proctor said. “And we have two beautiful daughters.
“Our oldest, Stella, will be six later this month [October 2023]. Our middle child, Caymbree, is four,” he said. “And we just found out we are expecting a third beautiful little girl come April.
“God knew I wouldn’t have been able to handle boys,” he said. “I am a girl dad through and through.”