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COACHES

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RYAN JOHNERSON

MANAGER

Coach Johnerson grew up in Bozeman and played multiple sports, including football, basketball and baseball. In football Ryan was an All-State wide-receiver. He played American Legion Baseball for the Bucks from ’91 to ‘95.  Ryan went on to play for Trinidad State Junior College, being a part of two Region IX titles. There he earned Academic All-American status and the Elite Academic All-American honor as a student athlete. From there, he went on to play at the University of Utah, where he earned his BS. In 1999, Ryan was a finalist for WAC Player of the Year.  In June of the same year, Ryan signed with the Cincinnati Reds Organization. He also had a stint in the Seattle Mariners Scout League in Southern California.

 

Ryan has played and Coached Internationally, throughout Central America, on two different occasions. He also coached collegiately in Texas at Midland Community College and has enjoyed many years coaching at the American Legion level in Montana.

Ryan is married to Julia Johnerson and has three kids, Autumn, Brayden and Chaya.

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Eric Kinnaman

ASSISTANT COACH - A

Coach Eric is formally from Sutherland, Nebraska.  He moved to Montana in 1996 to play football at Montana State University.  Upon graduation he took a job with the Belgrade School District as an Industrial Education Teacher and Assistant Football Coach.  He continues to teach Welding and Woodworking at Belgrade High School, but retired from coaching football in 2021 after spending 6 years as an assistant from 2001-2006 and 15 years as the head coach from 2007-2021.  

Eric played American Legion baseball in North Platte, Nebraska and had the opportunity to play baseball in college but ultimately chose to play football for Montana State.  He has been involved with many different avenues of coaching that include: High School Football, American Legion Baseball, High School Track and Field and Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth baseball.  

Eric is married to Tanya Kinnaman and they have 2 boys, Dyson and Chase.

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Dave Evans

HEAD COACH - B

Coach Evans grew up in Japan, Hawaii, and Las Vegas playing baseball and soccer. The son of an Airforce Colonel, Dave was a 4 year letterman for his high school baseball teams in Hawaii and Las Vegas. He was awarded a full athletic scholarship and played college baseball at Cochise Junior College in Arizona where he was a sophomore all-star centerfielder. Dave has coached legion baseball for 4 years now, 3 of them with the Bitterroot Red Sox and 1 year at Centennial High School in Las Vegas.

 

Shortly after 9/11/2001 Dave enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Cavalry Scout where he deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Dave is married to MSU Assistant Professor Dr. Alyssa Evans and now resides in Bozeman, MT.

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Tristen Delaney

ASSISTANT COACH - A

Coach Delaney grew up in New Jersey, playing baseball at Saint John Vianney High School. Tristen is the treasurer for the Montana State Club Baseball team where he pitches and plays 3rd base. Tristen will graduate in the Spring of 2024 with a bachelors degree in Political Science and a minor in History.

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Hunter Tripple

ASSISTANT COACH - B

Coach Tripple grew up near Seattle, Washington playing football, basketball, and baseball. Dedicated to the baseball, he pitched and played corner infield for Bothell High School in the spring and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Baseball Club during the summer. Hunter moved to Bozeman in 2018 to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Graduating in Spring 2022, he is back at MSU pursuing his Master’s in Structural Engineering. This is Hunter’s first year serving as a coach for legion baseball and is excited to help players reach their full potential on and off the field.

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