Head Men's Basketball Coach
Coach Bill Dreikosen is entering his 14th season as the head coach of the Battlin' Bears. In 2008-2009, RMC finished with a 28-9 record and were the NAIA Division I National Champions. The Battlin' Bears won five games in seven days en route to the title, capped with a 77-61 win over Columbia College (MO) in the championship game. Coach Dreikosen was also named NAIA National Coach of the Year in 2009. The 2009 championship was the first in men's basketball by any team from the Frontier Conference in the history of the league.
During his tenure at RMC, Coach Dreikosen has an overall record of 219-195. His teams have advanced to the NAIA National Tournament four times (2003, 2004, and 2009, 2013), and they won Frontier Conference Tournament Championships in 2003, 2004, and 2013.
Prior to being named the head coach at RMC, Coach Dreikosen was an assistant for five seasons for the Battlin' Bears, working under mentor and longtime friend Garry Matlock. Coach Dreikosen began his coaching career as the head boy's basketball coach at Medicine Lake High School in 1994. From 1991-1994, Dreikosen played basketball for RMC and was an all-conference player on the 1994 championship team that advanced to the NAIA National Tournament. At his alma mater Hinsdale High School, Bill was a part of the 1988 team that captured the State Class C title in triple overtime.
Dreikosen was born and raised on the High-line in Hinsdale, Montana. He earned his bachelor's of science from Rocky Mountain College in 1994 and completed his master's degree in physical education and computers at MSU-Billings in 1997.
Coach Dreidosen's family includes his wife, Kally, who played college basketball at Dawson Community College, and their three children, daughter Zoee and sons Peyton and Jordan.
Coach Wilkins enters his 13th season with the Battlin' Bears and his 51th season in coaching. He earned his master's degree in physical education from California State University in 1962, and he began his coaching career in 1955 at Mission High School in San Luis Obisop, Calif. At the collegiate level, Wilkins has worked as a head coach, associate head coach, assistant coach, and recruiting coordinator. His duties with the Battlin' Bears include recruiting, on-floor coaching, and game preparation. Coach Wilkins has been very instrumental in helping the RMC basketball program build a strong base in the junior college area. Wilkins has been married to his wife, Edwina, for the past 30 years.