Rusty Grafel begins his fourth season as Colby Community College head men’s basketball coach. The Trojans will return six players from last year and a well-rounded group of freshmen.
Grafel, a native of Northwest Kansas, was hired in August 2012 after serving from 2009-12 as an assistant coach. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Fort Hays State University from 2007-09.
Coach Grafel graduated in 2004 from Hutchinson Community College with an Associate of Science degree. He continued his education at FHSU, earning a bachelor’s degree in 2007 and in 2009 earned a Master’s in Health and Human Performance.
On the court, Coach Grafel helped the Hutchinson Blue Dragons to a Jayhawk West Championship in 2003-04. After one year at Hutchinson, he transferred to FHSU 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 number one in the nation.
Coach’s comments on the 2015-2016 season:
“The Jayhawk West has always been one of the toughest conferences in the Midwest! This year will be very competitive for every team in the West, which will make every game tough and exciting. We have a good group of guys coming back, which always helps at any level. We added a solid group of guys that should really mesh well with our returners. Plus, adding the [Jayhawk] East to our schedule this year having guys back will really help us mature quicker. As always, I’m excited for this group who has a chance to do a lot of great things this year!”
Egan Grafel enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Trojan Men's Basketball program. Prior to joining the CCC program, he worked two years in Los Angeles, Calif. 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 committed to integrity; he values the coach-player relationship, and is passionate about educating. His traits are 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.
Kevin Jolley enters his third season as an assistant coach with the Trojan basketball program. He came to Colby after spending 7 years of playing Professional Basketball in Europe, the 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 his experience and knowledge transfers 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.
Carson Konrade enters his first year as an assistant coach with the Trojans. In addition to helping with the men’s basketball team, he is a student in the physical therapist assistant program at CCC. Konrade played for the Trojans from 2010-2012 when Coach Grafel was the assistant coach. He earned All-KJCCC West Division Honorable Mention distinction as a sophomore in 2011-12. In his sophomore season, he led the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game, while pulling down 6.1 rebounds, shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 38.8 percent beyond the 3-point line. He drained a team high 78 three- point field goals and reached the foul line 115 times, where he shot 74.8 percent.
After graduating from CCC as an Academic All-American in 2012, Konrade finished his career at Fort Hays State University. As a senior he averaged 12.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game on his way to a First Team All-Conference selection in the MIAA.
Coach Grafel said of him: “Carson is one of the hardest workers I have seen since I started coaching. He knows how to play the game better than anyone I have come across and can now help our guys understand that. The community loves Carson and he is another great addition to the Trojan family.”