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Ryan Orton enters his third season as the men's head basketball coach for the Western Wyoming Community College Mustangs. In his first year at the helm, the Mustangs finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 9-21 overall record, sixth place finish in the Northern Conference and a first round exit in the Region IX post-season tournament. Year two showed marked improvement as the team finished the 2014-15 season 14-17 overall and a tie for fourth in conference play. The 2013-14 team also finished in the top five, nationally, in team grade point average and all seven sophomores crossed the stage to receive their degrees in May of 2014.
Prior to his arrival in Rock Springs, Orton was the top assistant at the University of Alaska Anchorage. During his three seasons with the Seawolves they amassed a 64-27 overall record which included back-to-back NCAA Regional berths in 2010-11 and 2011-12. He was responsible, among other things, for a good portion of the program's recruiting efforts. UAA signed four Alaska state players of the year including the 2010 Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year while he was the recruiting coordinator. Orton also recruited Taylor Rohde who was named the 2012 NCAA Division II national player of the year.
Before his tenure at Alaska Anchorage, Orton also served in assistant coaching positions at Montana State University (2006-08) and Northwest Nazarene University (2004-06). With the MSU Bobcats the team qualified for the Big Sky Conference tournament in both 2007 and 2008. Orton was responsible for team academics while in Bozeman and the team received the Allison Award in 2007-08 for the largest improvement in team gpa from one academic year to the next. At NNU, the team finished 17-10 in 2004-05 and the 17 wins are the most by a Crusader men's basketball team since transitioning to the NCAA Division II level. Once again in addition to being the program's recruiting coordinator, he was responsible for academics and during a two year span the men's basketball team had a 100% graduation rate.
In 2003-04 Orton served as the head coach at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR. During the 2003-04 season the Titans finished second in the entire NWAACC (Oregon & Washington Community Colleges) in points allowed per game at 63.8.
Orton began his coaching career at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. During his five years with the Eagle men's basketball program they qualified for the Big Sky Conference post-season tournament each year including three straight Big Sky Conference Tournament finals appearances in 2001, 2002 and 2003. In 2002-03 they beat a nationally ranked top ten opponent in St. Joseph's University to begin the season and qualified for its first ever national post-season tournament, the NIT, since going Division I.
He also has extensive basketball camp and clinic experience. Orton was the camp director at all of his coaching stops which included running team camp, overnight camp, day camp and going off campus to conduct two and three day camps at various towns in the state of Alaska.
A 14 year member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), coaching is in his roots. His father, Doug, was a successful high school coach for 22 years in Oregon and coached current Gonzaga head coach Mark Few. He was voted, by his peers, as State Coach of the Year in 1981 and again in 1983. In addition, his younger brother Eric is a varsity boy's head coach at Springfield High School in Oregon. Prior to his post with the Millers, Eric was the varsity boy's coach at Marist High School and North Eugene High School where he was voted 2011 Midwestern League Coach of the Year.
Orton earned his Bachelor's degree at Eastern Oregon University (La Grande, OR) in Physical Education & Health and his Master's degree in Physical Education at Eastern Washington University (Cheney, WA). He resides in Rock Springs and in his free time enjoys running and playing golf.
Assistant Coach Men's Basketball
Travis Archibald is in his tenth season as an assistant for the Mustangs. As a player for Western, he helped guide the 2004-05 team to a Wyoming Community
College Athletic Conference (WCCAC) championship averaging 12 points and 5 rebound per contest. Since joining the coaching staff in 2005, Archibald has been
instrumental in Western's success which includes a first ever trip to the National Tournament and seventh place finish during the 2010-11 season. Archibald
is responsible for a good portion of the program's recruiting as well as coaching the perimeter players and working with Mustang summer basketball camps. Coach
Archibald is originally from Kemmerer, WY. He and his wife Rhiannon have four children - Makayla (16), Emmie (11), Theran (9) and Dylan (6) and they reside in
Assistant Coach Men's Basketball
Jason Doerr begins his third year with Western Wyoming and the men's basketball program. Prior to joining the Mustang coaching staff, Doerr spent 4 years on Coach
Steve McClain's staff at the University of Wyoming. During that time the Cowboys went 57-63 including post-season play all four years. Doerr's responsibilities
include the Mustang strength program, in-state recruiting, working with the post players and various administrative tasks. Originally from Riverton, WY, Coach Doerr
resides in Rock Springs with his wife Kristin and two daughters, Ava (5) and Addison (3).
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Dale Dreben also begins his third season with the Mustang Basketball Program. Coach Dreben assists in a variety of administrative duties including team academics.
He was instrumental in helping the 2013-14 squad finish third in the country in team gpa. He has also done program fundraising which allows for the use of a very
good video editing system for the Mustang coaches and players. Dreben hails from Rock Springs and he and his wife Julee have four children - Sheri, Traci, Travis
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Doug Orton begins his first season on the Mustang coaching staff. With over 40 years of coaching experience in the state of Oregon, including being named coach
of the year twice, he will serve in a variety of roles, including individual workouts, the offense, working with post players, film exchange as well as other
administrative tasks. Originally from Oregon, he and his wife, Liz, currently reside in Rock Springs. They have five children - Ryan, Emily, Anna, Erin and Eric
as well as seven granddaughters.
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