2016-17 Mavericks Coaching Staff

Ryan Bay

Head Coach

Office Phone: (580) 628-6218

Email: ryan.bay@noc.edu

Alma Mater: Missouri Valley College, '99

Twitter: noctonkmavs

Ryan Bay is entering his third season as the Mavericks head baseball coach.  In 2016 Bay’s team set a school record for wins by going 43-19. During the spring Bay's team was also ranked as high as 7th in the country and finished as the NJCAA Region 2 Runner Up. Bay coached two draft picks (Ariel Burgos-Garcia, Walker Whitworth), two NJCAA All Americans (Ariel Burgos-Garcia, Josh Evans), three Academic All Americans (Ted Wisdom, Walker Whitworth, Chad Dunlop), and helped twelve players sign to play at four year universities. 

In 2015 the Mavericks finished 37-24 (an 18 win improvement from previous season).  The Mavericks were also ranked as high as 12th in the NJCAA national poll and remained in the national top 25 for 6 more weeks.  The NOC Mavericks finished 3rd in the Region II Tournament.  When asked about the 2015 season Bay responded “Our success this year is a reflection of our guys' effort, passion and sacrifice.  Guys were bought in from day one and they played the game the right way.”

Coach Bay spent the previous six seasons as head coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma.  Bay took over an eight-win team in 2009 and immediately shaped it into a contender, posting 26 victories. That 18-game swing was the single-biggest one-year turnaround in school history.  In 2010, Northwestern was one win shy of the NAIA National Tournament on the strength of a 35-22 overall record, the fifth-best finish in school history.

Prior to coaching at NWOSU, Bay had a successful three-year reign at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. During his first season, he spurred a 20-game turnaround from the previous season, with a 29-19 record. During his second season, he finished with a 35-21 record and won the Red River Athletic Conference North Division Title, the first in school history.  In the 2008 season, he led the Warriors to a 41-14 overall record and an 18th national ranking in the NAIA.

Before serving at Bacone, Bay spent from 2003-05 as the head coach at William Woods (Fulton, Missouri) University. During his inaugural season, he guided the program to its first winning season in school history. In his second year at the helm, Bay defeated seven NAIA nationally ranked opponents in route to qualifying for the Regional Tournament, a first for the program.

A native of Perry, Bay served as an assistant coach at Northern Oklahoma College Enid, acting as a hitting/outfield coach and recruiting coordinator from 2001-02. In 2002, the Jets finished in third place in the Junior College World Series.

Bay played prep ball at Perry High School under current Northern Oklahoma College Enid Head Baseball Coach Raydon Leaton. As an outfielder at Missouri Valley College, he was a four-year starter and two-time All-Conference performer in the Heart of America Conference. During his junior year, he led the conference in stolen bases with 39.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1999 from Missouri Valley College and earned a Master of Education degree from NWOSU in 2002.

Coach Bay and his wife of 17 years Denise, have an 12 year old son, Bryer.



Cole Stephens

Assistant Baseball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Office Phone: 580-628-6498

Email: cole.stephens@noc.edu

Alma Mater: Southwestern Oklahoma State University, '13

Twitter: noctonkmavs

Cole Stephens is in his first season as an assistant baseball coach for Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa in 2017. He will work with the Mavericks pitching staff this season while also taking on the role of Recruiting Coordinator.

Prior to joining the Mavericks Stephens coached that past three seasons at Southwestern Oklahoma State University as the Pitching Coach. In 2016 Stephens mentored three all-conference selections who helped the Bulldogs to their best season as an NCAA Division II program. SWOSU finished 34-17, won the regular season Great American Conference Championship and advanced to the programs first-ever NCAA Central Regional where they went 1-2 with a victory over No. 20-ranked Minnesota-Duluth.

SWOSU’s pitching staff finished with a 3.90 ERA and team total of 384 strikeouts against 164 walks during the 2016 season, finishing second in the GAC in ERA. The staff was anchored by starting pitcher Jon Chidester, a two-time All-GAC selection and five-time GAC Pitcher of the Week in his two-year career with the Bulldogs.

In his first two seasons on staff Stephens led the bulldogs to a team ERA of 4.78 in 2014 and a 4.73 in 2015 while also having an opponent batting average under a .270 in those two seasons.

Before joining the coaching staff, Stephens was a key member of SWOSU’s pitching staff for two years, making 25 starts on the mound and finishing with a record of 12-6 in two seasons. He had a 3.33 ERA in 2012 that he lowered to 2.74 as a senior in 2013. He helped the Bulldogs to a 31-16 record in 2013 and a second-place finish in the Great American Conference standings. For his efforts as a junior, Stephens was named a second team All-GAC selection.

Prior to playing at SWOSU, Stephens played two seasons at NOC-Enid, where he had an 11-5 record in 25 appearances from 2008-11, including a no-hitter he threw during the 2011 season. He was named a First Team All-Region II selection during his sophomore season, a year in which the Jets were ranked as high as second in the NJCAA national poll.

A native of Sanger, Texas, Stephens earned his bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from SWOSU in 2013 and his master’s degree in Sports Management in 2015. Stephens lives in Tonkawa with his wife Nicole.

Kai Kirby 

Assistant Baseball Coach

Office Phone: 580-628-6498

Email: kai.kirby@noc.edu

Alma Mater: University of Arts and Science of Oklahoma, '10

Twitter: noctonkmavs

Kai Kirby's enters his second year as an assistant coach for the Northern Oklahoma Mavericks. Coach Kirby works primarily with the Hitters and Outfielders. In 2016 Kirby was apart of a coaching staff that led the Mavericks to a school record 43 wins while also finishing the season as NJCAA Region 2 Runner Up falling just one game short of a championship. 

In 2008, Kai started at NCAA Div. I Stephen F. Austin for 52 of 55 games. He set a school record and led the Southland conference with 30 stolen bases in 37 attempts. He also led the Southland Conference with 8 outfield assists, led the team with 5 triples, and had 19 multi-hit games. In 2009 Kai finished his career at USAO in Chickasha, Ok. where he helped lead the Drovers to a 38 game winning season. He also led the team in stolen bases in 23 of 27 attempts. 

Kirby attended Seward county community college from 2005 to 2007 where he started as their everyday centerfielder. As a freshman he had the team’s second highest batting average at .388. As a sophomore he was named to the Jayhawks All Conference team and helped lead SCCC to a number 18 national ranking in 2007. Kirby was also named NJCAA national player of the week on April, 11 2007. He finished the season with a batting average of 326, had 13 doubles, 5 triples, and was 12 of 13 in stolen bases.

Kirby was named first team all-district and all-city (center field) his Junior and Senior years at Chickasha High School. He was also named defensive player of the year both years and set the stolen base record his senior year. 

Kai received his bachelor's in physical education at USAO in 2010 and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree. Coach Kirby and his wife Ciera have a 3 year old son, Kostyn, and a brand new baby girl, Stokley.


Tyler Huffstickler 

Assistant Baseball Coach

Office Phone: 580-628-6498

Email: hotmail.com

Alma Mater: Kansas Wesleyan University, '16

Twitter: noctonkmavs

Tyler Huffstickler enters his first year of coaching as an assistant coach for the Northern Oklahoma Mavericks. Coach Huffstickler works primarily with the Catchers and Pitchers.