Ryan Carter enters his 19th season at the helm of Trojan baseball with a career mark of 532 wins and 483 losses.
He holds records for most wins in the program’s history, and he is the longest-tenured coach.
The Trojans finished the 2016 season 39-16 on the way to winning the first Jayhawk West conference title in school history. It marked the program’s 18th consecutive post season berth under Coach Carter, who was awarded Jayhawk West Coach of the Year. The 2016 Trojans also placed six players on the All-Jayhawk West teams and two on the All-Region VI Team.
Coach Carter has worked diligently to make CCC a place where young men learn the game of baseball while becomming better people, and 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, 176 players have transferred to four-year institutions, including 37 to Division I universities. Eleven former players have been drafted or signed to independent contracts – Jeremy Gwinn, Daniel Devonshire, Travis Mortimore, T.R. Keating, Kris Jiggitts, Eric Sim, Pat Farrell, Dan April, Sean Lydon, Aaron Dunsmore and Chris Hall.
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, Ariz.
Carter grew up in Page, Ariz., 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 13 years who is also a psychology instructor at CCC. They have two daughters, 10-year-old Kenzie and 8-year-old Ryler.
Joshua Oller is in his first year on the Trojans staff. He was born in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School. He played baseball two years at Angelina Junior College in Lufkin, and earned All-Region honors while leading the region in ERA. He transferred to Northwestern State and played two years, finishing third nationally in wins his senior year. He also played with his younger brother Adam who was selected by the Pirates in the 20th round of the 2016 draft.
Last year Oller was at St. Mary’s High School in Natchitoches, La., and earned coach of the year honors.