Coach Bill Dreikosen is entering his 17th season as the head coach of the men's basketball program. The Battlin' Bears finished the 2015-2016 campaign with a 18-14 record, and a third place finish in the Frontier Conference. Senior Rob Nyby was a First Team All-Conference performer and Honorable Mention All-American, while Senior Ben Moerkerke was named the Frontier Conference Defensive Player of the Year. In 2014, Dreikosen was named Frontier Conference Coach of the Year. The Battlin' Bears won the regular season conference championship as well as the conference tournament championship. From 2013-2015 the Battlin' Bears reached three consecutive trips to the National Tournament.
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 national title. The title run was capped with a 77-61 win over Columbia College (Mo.) in the championship game. Dreikosen was named NAIA National Coach of the Year in 2009. Rocky's national title was the first by any men's basketball team in the history of the Frontier Conference.
During his tenure at RMC, Coach Dreikosen has an overall record of 280-228. His teams have advanced to the NAIA National Tournament six times (2003, 2004, 2009, 2013, 2014, and 2015) and have won Frontier Conference Tournament Championships in 2003, 2004, 2013, and 2014.
Prior to being named the head coach at RMC, 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 boys' 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.
Dreikosen was born and raised on the Hi-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.
Dreikosen and wife, Kally, have three children: daughter Zoee and sons Peyton and Jordan.
Coach Denver Cobb enters his second season at RMC after serving as the Associate Head Coach at Bethany College (KS) from 2012-2015. At Bethany College he coached eight all-conference players and a 2nd Team-All American (NAIA II).
Prior to his time at Bethany, Cobb was a graduate assistant at the University of South Florida for the Big East Coach of the Year (2010-11), Stan Heath. That year USF qualified for the NCAA tournament, winning their first two rounds against California and Temple. That year USF also set a Big East defensive record for fewest points per game (56.6ppg).
During the 2010-2011 season, Cobb served as assistant men's basketball coach at Embry-Riddle University (FL). While there, he helped the team to a 29-5 record and a conference tournament championship. That year ERAU also led the country in defensive field goal percentage, at 37.5%. Cobb coached a 2nd-Team All-American and two-time Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
As a player at ERAU, he was the team captain from 2007-2009 and he made national tournament appearances in 2005, 2006, and 2008. Throughout his playing career, Cobb's teams averaged 27 wins per season and each year his teams were nationally ranked. In 2006 his team finished 31-3 and was ranked #1 in the country heading into the national tournament.
In his four year playing career, Cobb is only one of four players in Embry-Riddle history to score over 1,500 points and make over 250 career three-pointers. He made the Sun Conference All-Conference team in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Cobb was born and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. He earned his bachelor’s of science in aerospace studies from Embry-Riddle (FL) in 2009 and completed his master’s degree in physical education from the University of South Florida in 2012.
Coach Len Wilkins enters his 16th season with the Battlin' Bears and his 54th season in coaching. He earned his master's degree in physical education from California State University in 1962. In 1995, Wilkins began his coaching career 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. Wilkins has been instrumental in helping the RMC basketball program build a strong base in the junior college area.
Coach Wilkins was inducted into the California Community College Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2001. In the Fall of 2016 he will be inducted into the Hartnell Junior College Hall of Fame, where he won 240 games from 1968-81'. Coach Wilkins has over 50 years of coaching experience under his belt. Wilkins has been married to his wife, Edwina, for the past 35 years.
Coach Bulluck is entering his fourth season as an assistant with the Battlin' Bears. He will be the junior varsity coach as well as a varsity assistant.
Bulluck was a starter and an important cog on RMC's 2009 National Championship team as the starting small forward with averages of 11ppg and 4rpg. He is a 2009 graduate of Rocky Mountain College where he earned a sociology degree. Bulluck transferred to Rocky from Regis University. After graduating from Skyview High School, he played two years at Sheridan Community College.
Bulluck is married to his wife, Jessica and have welcomed their first child, Alivia in 2016.
Coach Nyby is entering his first season as an assistant with the Battlin' Bears. He will assist with the junior varsity as well as the varsity team.
Nyby was a 2 year starter for RMC, leading the Frontier Conference in scoring at 19.9ppg during his senior season. Rob was also a 2 year captain for the Battlin' Bears. As a senior Rob was one of the most efficient players in the country with a 52% FG%, 44% 3FG%, and a 85% FT%. Nyby finished out his career at Rocky as a 1st Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-American selection following the 2015-16' season. He also finished out his career with, 1,025 points as well as 521 rebounds.
Nyby is finishing up his student teaching this Fall.