Ryan Carter enters his 16th season at the helm of Trojan baseball with a career mark of 441 wins and 418 losses.
Carter holds records for most wins in the program’s history, and he is the longest-tenured coach.
The Trojans finished the season 40-20, winning 40 games for the 2nd time in the last 3 years. The Trojans once again had the best player in the conference when sophomore CF Jake Nath was voted as the Jayhawk West MVP. He also garnered 1st team all-region VI as well as being a second team All-American. To go along with Jake’s great season 5 other Trojans received all-conference awards all while maintaining a 3.2 team GPA.
“It takes a lot of hard work and very dedicated players and coaches to maintain a certain level of accomplishment. We have players and coaches that believe in our program and continue to work to keep us at a level we have grown accustomed to.”
During Carter’s tenure, 143 players have transferred to four-year institutions, including 35 to Division I universities. Ten former players have been drafted or signed to independent contracts—Daniel Devonshire, Travis Mortimore, T.R. Keating, Kris Jiggitts, Eric Sim, Pat Farrell, Dan April, Sean Lydon, Aaron Dunsmore and Chris Hall.
Coach Carter has worked diligently to make CCC a place where young men learn the game of baseball and become better people as well.
Carter came to Colby directly from the University of Redlands where he played two seasons. At Redlands, he earned All-Conference honors and won the team’s Gold Glove Award for his work behind the plate his senior season. Prior to attending Redlands, Carter redshirted and played two seasons at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona.
Carter grew up in Page, Arizona, on the banks of Lake Powell which is one of the premiere vacation spots in the nation. While at Page High School, he starred in baseball and wrestling, earning All-State honors in both sports his senior year.
Carter lives in Colby with his wife Krista who teaches psychology at CCC. They have two daughters— 7-year old Kenzie and 4-year-old Ryler.
Ray Nolan coaches infielders and hitters. He graduated from Carlmont High School in Belmont, CA in 1993. At Carlmont he played second base on back to back Central Coast Section championship teams. His senior year the San Mateo Times selected him the first team all-San Mateo County second baseman. Coach Nolan played at the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, CA from 1994 to1996 then transferred to the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA where he played second base from 2007 to 2008.
Coach Nolan's college coaching career began in the summers while at Redlands when he guided the Burlingame Braves semi-pro team on the San Francisco Peninsula. He coached as an assistant at the College of San Mateo in 1998 to1999, then joined the staff at Colby CC that fall. He coached at CCC from 2000 to 2005 before pursuing academic and teaching interests. 2013-2014 is his first season back with the program, although he has continued in a fundraising capacity since leaving the program in 2005.
Coach Nolan is married (Nikol) with two daughters (Logan, 6 and Myka, 3). In his spare time he enjoys playing sports and games with the girls and coaching his daughters soccer and softball teams. He also enjoys writing, golf and bowhunting deer. He holds an MA in Health, PE and Recreation from St. Mary's College of California, an MA in History from Fort Hays State University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in American History at Kansas State.
Second-year assistant coach Brett Becker is a graduate of Hayden High School in Topeka, played baseball for Cowley Community College from 2004-2006 and transferred to Fort Hays State University where he played for the Tigers from 2007-09.
He was selected All-MIAA 1st-team utility player as well as Daktronics All-Central Region Utility player in 2008.
Coach Becker coached outfielders and hitters at Emporia State University in 2012. In 2013 he worked with infielders and hitters at Fort Hays University. He helped lead the Tigers offense to a .341 team batting average, ranking them 2nd in Division II baseball.
He has worked the past five summers as the Associate Head Coach of the Topeka Golden Giants -- a summer collegiate team. The team was the 2014 Mid-Plains Regular Season Champions. He has coached eight former players who have been drafted by Major League Baseball.
Becker received his undergraduate degree from Fort Hays State University and his Master's Degree in Athletic Administration from FHSU in 2014.
Gary Harley returns to the Colby Trojan Baseball program after coaching seven seasons at Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he worked with outfielders and hitters. Under Harley's guidance, five Ranger outfielders earned All-Conference honors and one conference Gold Glove Award. He also helped mentor Jonathan Freemyer to the Rawlings/ABCA All-American team, 1st Team All-Region, and Great American Conference Player of the Year in 2014 before signing with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Prior to Northwestern, Harley coached outfielders at Colby Community College for three semesters. He helped coach the Cheyenne Post 6 American Legion team for three summers. His 2010 squad won a state championship and placed second in the regional tournament. In summer 2009, Harley served as Head Coach of the Alva Renegades and later as an assistant in 2012.
As a player, Harley played one year at Miles Community College and one year at CCC. Both of the teams finished as runners-up in their respective regional tournaments. Originally from Cheyenne, Wyo., he attended Cheyenne East High School. Harley received a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Sports Science and just recently finished his Master's Degree in Adult Education, both from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.