Ryan Carter enters his 18th season at the helm of Trojan baseball with a career mark of 493 wins and 467 losses.
Carter holds records for most wins in the program’s history, and he is the longest-tenured coach.
The Trojans finished the 2015 season a disappointing 23-27, but did make the playoffs for the 17th consecutive year under Coach Carter’s direction. The 2015 Trojans also placed four players on the All-Jayhawk West teams and one on the All-Region VI Team.
Coach Carter believes success only comes involvement of the entire program. “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, 165 players have transferred to four-year institutions, including 37 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, 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, his wife of 12 years who is also a psychology instructor at CCC. They have two daughters— 9-year-old Kenzie and 6-year-old Ryler.
Second-year assistant coach Brett Becker is a graduate of Hayden High School in Topeka and played baseball for Cowley Community College from 2004-2006. He then 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 in Athletic Administration from FHSU in 2014.
Aaron Lamberston returns to Colby Trojans baseball to coach outfield and hitting, a position he held prior at Northeastern Junior College and Evangel University. Lambertson was also head coach at Sterling High School. During his two-year tenure he taught special education and resurrected the baseball program, leading the Tigers to the state playoffs and a Final Four berth for the first time in 20 years.
Lambertson played center field for the Trojans in 2005. He transferred to Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo., for two years, and finished his playing career at Evangel University while being honored with All-Conference awards.
Originally from Akron, Colo., Aaron received his Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Kinesiology and Physiology at Evangel University, as well as a Minor in Biblical Studies.
“Coach Lambo” would like to recognize and appreciate the family, friends, and coaches who have prepared him to be the man and coach he is, and will become.