Rusty Grafel, a native of Northwest Kansas begins his first season as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Colby Community College. He was hired in August 2012 to lead the Men’s Basketball Program, and plans to carry over the momentum created from last year’s 19-12 (7-9) team. The 2011-12 team was able to accomplish a lot of things that CCC teams hadn’t done in program history.
While Coach Grafel was an assistant at Colby he was a part of building a foundation of Character, Hard Work, and Pride. The goal is to bring in high-character young men who work very hard and take pride in what the Colby Community College Men’s Basketball program represents.
Grafel was an assistant coach at Colby Community College from 2009-12. In 2007-2009 he started his coaching career serving as an assistant at Fort Hays State University.
Coach Grafel graduated in 2004 from Hutchinson Community College with an Associate of Science Degree, and then earned both his bachelor’s degree (2007) and master’s degree (2009) in health and human performance from Fort Hays State University.
Coach Grafel played at Hutchinson Community College helping the Blue Dragons to a Jayhawk West Championship in 2003-04. After one year at Hutch, Coach Grafel transferred to Fort Hays State University where he played three years for the Tigers and was part of the 2005-06 Rocky Mountain Athletic Association (RMAC) Championship Team that was ranked #1 in the nation.
Egan Grafel enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Colby Community College Men's Basketball program. Egan comes to Colby after spending the previous two years in Los Angeles, California working with professional athletes from a wide range of sports both as a performance trainer and basketball skills development coach.
"Egan has competed against and trained players at a very high level," head coach Rusty Grafel said. "He is a great addition to the Trojan family. Egan is committed to integrity; he values the coach-player relationship, and is passionate about educating. I know his traits will really be a benefit to this program!"
Egan began his basketball career at Decatur Community High School where he was named to the Topeka Journal Capitol All-State Class 2A Second Team after averaging 22.7 points-per-game and 13 rebounds, while leading the state in blocked shots in 2003-04. After high school, Egan attended Cloud County Community College. During his two year tenure at Cloud County, he was on the Dean’s Honor Roll twice while helping Cloud County to the 2006 Jayhawk West championship. From 2006-2008, Egan competed at Northern Illinois University where he appeared in all 56 games leading the Huskies in blocked shots and field-goal-percentage.
Egan graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2009 with a B.S. Degree in Business Operations & Information Systems Management.
Jeff Dolan comes to Colby Community College after being a head coach at Conifer High School and an assistant at Taos HS in New Mexico for 2 years. Jeff also has been coaching in the AAU/MAYB summer travel basketball circuit for the past 5 years for some of the top basketball organizations in the Denver Metro area (Shining Stars, Next Level), which will help our recruiting tremendously at Colby. Jeff has participated in many basketball camps in Colorado, some of them include, Colorado School of Mines, High Five Sports Camp, Shining Stars skills camp, and Colorado University Camp and has attended many coaching clinics throughout the country. "I am really excited to be a part of the Colby CC tradition. Rusty, Egan and Kevin are great coaches and I can’t wait to watch and learn from them during the season to expand my coaching knowledge. I know our coaching staff is one of the best in the conference and look forward to helping bring a Jayhawk title to Colby CC."
Before Jeff started his coaching career he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado Mesa University in Sports Administration/recreation management. Jeff played 3 years of basketball at the Division II level for Western State, Gunnison Colorado (Redshirt) and two years at Mesa State, Grand Junction Colorado, which is now known as Colorado Mesa University. Currently, he is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Canisius College in Buffalo NY and will graduate within the next year. Jeff hopes one day he can be head college basketball coach or an athletic director for a university. Before heading to Mesa State, Jeff played at Conifer HS. Where he was a 3 time All Conference and 2 time All-State selection in the State of Colorado. In 2006-2007 he led the Conifer Lobos to an elite 8 as a 7 seed. He also holds Conifer HS scoring record, assist record, and games played record at Conifer HS.
“Jeff helps us widen our recruiting more west,” said Head Coach Rusty Grafel. “He brings a lot of energy. We are excited to have Coach Dolan here at CCC.”
Kevin Jolley enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Colby Community College Men’s Basketball Program. Kevin comes to Colby after spending 7 years of playing Professional Basketball in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Jolley started his basketball career at Fairmont Heights High School where he was named 2nd team All-Metro and Nominated for the McDonalds All-American game after averaging 25 points per game 13 rebound and 8 assist and led the state of Maryland in triple doubles. After high school, Jolley attend Hutchinson Community College where he played alongside of Head Coach Rusty Grafel helping the team win the Jayhawk West Championship in 2004 and finishing ranked #13 in the country. From 2004-2006 Jolley attended Quinnipiac University as a junior averaged 9.8 point per game shooting 56% from the field and was second in the conference in rebounding (8.9) As a senior Jolley averaged 7.8 points per game and 6.5 rebounds. After college Jolley played basketball in 14 different countries over a 7 year span, for a career he averaged 26 points per game and 12 rebounds. “I am very excited to have Coach Jolley on staff” Coach Rusty Grafel says. “I have known Kevin since we played junior college basketball together and I know his experience and knowledge will transfer right over to our coaching staff!”
Coach Jolley has played in 14 different countries: Germany, Portugal, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Mexico, Luxembourg, Iceland, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands, and Dubai.