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Head Coach James Ortiz

James Ortiz enters his fifth season as Head Coach for the Colby Community College Men’s Track and Field and Cross Country Programs.  In his first four seasons at Colby, he has led the men’s teams to record-setting team finishes at the NJCAA Championships.  In 2012, his men have earned national team finishes of 4th place in cross country, 10th place in indoor track and field and 8th place in outdoor track and field.  During his tenure, Ortiz has coached twenty one KJCCC/Region VI Champions, thirty three NJCAA All-Americans, two NJCAA national champions and twelve NJCAA Academic All-Americans.  Coach Ortiz has been named 2011 & 2013 Region VI Indoor Track and Field Men’s Coach of the Year.  He was also named the 2012 Region VI Cross Country Coach of the Year. Ortiz has coached 2012 3000 meter steeplechase national champion Edward Limo (Kenya) who also was named 2011 KJCCC Region VI Indoor Male Track Athlete of the Year & 2012 KJCCC Region VI Outdoor Male Track Athlete of the Year and 2013 10,000 meter national champion Juan Pacheco who also named 2013 KJCCC Region VI Outdoor Male Track Athlete of the Year.

His programs have experienced academic success as well as athletic success.  His 2009-10 men’s teams swept the NJCAA Academic Team of the Year awards for all four running sports.  Colby recorded the highest team grade point average in cross country, half marathon, indoor and outdoor track and field. In 2010-11, the half marathon team was named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year and the track and field program was named NJCAA Coaches Association Academic Team of the Year.  From 2011-13 his teams were named NJCAA All-Academic for averaging a grade point average of 3.0 or better in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.

Before arriving at Colby, Ortiz served as the head coach for The University of the Southwest Mustangs in Hobbs, New Mexico for two years.  During his tenure, his male and female athletes (combined) earned 11 Red River Athletic Conference Champion awards and 23 All-Red-River Athletic Conference awards.

Nationally, he produced five NAIA track and field national qualifiers with his lowest individual placing 11th.  He also recruited the school’s first-ever NAIA individual national champion for track and field.

Prior to his tenure at USW, Ortiz served as the student assistant coach for the Texas State University track & field and cross country programs from 2006 to 2007.  He competed for Texas State University as an athlete from 2002 to 2005 and holds the school record at 1,500 meters (3:48.35).  He was a member of four Southland Conference Champion teams, two indoor and two outdoor.  During the time he competed for Texas State he was twice named captain of the team and was a two time All-Southland Conference athlete. 

Ortiz graduated from Texas State University – San Marcos with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2007.  He earned his USA Track & Field Level I coaching certification in 2008.  Ortiz completed his Masters’ of Education in Sports Administration at East Central University in 2012.


Assistant Coach Bernard Newbold

Bernard Newbold enters his third season as Assistant Coach for the Men’s Track and Field team at Colby Community College.  In his second season, Coach Newbold helped the Men’s Track and Field programs to record-setting team finishes at the NJCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.     

Coach Newbold was responsible for nine NJCAA National qualifiers including the men’s 4 x 100  and 4x400 meter relay teams that broke the indoor and outdoor track & field school records respectively.  His sprints’ program broke four school records in his second season.  Raheem Brown set school records in the 60 meters, Keenan Williams indoor 200 meters.  In addition, the men’s indoor 4 x 100 meter relay team of Anthony Stephens, Keenan Williams, Aaron Lecesne and Raheem Brown set a new school record.  The indoor team comprising of Johnathon Stiles, Aaron Lecesne, Ashley Riley and Fabian Hayles set a new indoor 4x400m record. At the Region VI Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Coach Newbold was coached Johnathon Stiles to a victory in the 400 meter hurdles.

Coach Newbold continues to work annually with the Bahamas Government for the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Summer Camp as a Coordinator for Track and Field.  He was elected as the 1st Vice-President of the Bahamas Parents Association for Track and Field Student Athletes.

Coach Newbold earned his Associates Degree in Social Work from Colby Community College. He also holds a USA Track and Field Level I coaching certification and an IAAF RDC Certificate for Timing and Data.  He is currently pursuing his Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.