Sikes earned his bachelor of science degree in agriculture
in 1955 and master of education degree in agriculture
in 1957, and did post-graduate work at Texas A&M
University. He taught in public schools in Mexia
for one year and returned to teach at SHSU in 1959,
retiring as a full professor in 1997.
As a student he was a member of the first National
Intercollegiate Rodeo Association championship team,
and won four national titles during his years as a
collegiate cowboy. As a coach he has had eight
national championship teams and many individual champions,
with the best win record of any college or university
in the nation.
He served as executive secretary for the National
Intercollegiate Rodeo Association for 18 years and
led the association during its growth. He has built
three rodeo arenas at SHSU with little or no cost
to the university, and the SHSU Rodeo Club is one
of the oldest and best known in the nation. In addition,
he established the SHSU Rodeo Alumni Association which
provides scholarships to SHSU students.
He has a number of professional, civic and community
honors including election as honorary member of the
Golden Key National Honor Society, Who's Who Among
America's Teachers, lifetime member of the SHSU Alumni
Association, honorary lifetime member of the SHSU
Rodeo Alumni Association, and life member of
the Pro Rodeo Association.
He is also a member of the Texas Senior Pro Rodeo
Association, the Texas Association of College Teachers,
served on the Huntsville school board for six years,
is a member of the First United Methodist Church of
Huntsville, lifetime member of the Walker County Fair
Association, served as judge for the Texas Prison
Rodeo for many years, served on the SHSU Registration
Committee since its inception and on the Convocation
Committee for 25 years.
The Texas State University System board of regents
adopted a resolution honoring him for his service
to SHSU in 1996. He was inducted into the Texas Cowboy
Hall of Fame in 1999, and established the Sikes Family
Endowment at SHSU. His wife, Joanne, and both children-Sherri
Stephens and Larry Sikes, are graduates of SHSU.