Head Coach - Brian Smela

Playing Career:

'90 Loveland High School
'92 Cloud County Community College ('96 Colorado State University, BS; '08 University of Phoenix, M.E.d.)

Coaching:


1992-1999Assistant Coach Loveland High School
2000 Assistant Coach Thompson Valley HS
2001-2009 Assistant Coach Mountain View HS
2010 - Present: Head Coach, Mountain View HS
2010 Northern Conference Coach of the Year
2010 Head Coach, Senior Top 50 Game, Coors Field
2010 4A All State Coach of the Year
2013 Head Coach, Colorado Rockies Futures Game, Coors Field
2013 4A All State Coach of the Year

113 Wins, 62 Losses - .646 Winning Percentage

1990 Graduate of Loveland HS...All-Conference Outfielder, 1990...Earned two varsity letters at Cloud County Community College, Concordia, Kansas...Starting coaching at Loveland HS as varsity assistant in 1993...Became head C team coach in 1996...Moved to Thompson Valley in 2000 and coached the Junior Varsity...Came to Mountain View when school opened in 2001 and coached the JV there until 2008...In 2009 joined varsity as assistant and helped team to a 2nd place 4A finish...Was named the second head coach in school history in 2009 & led the Lions to the 2010 4A State Championship...Along the way, team won the final Northern Conference title, he was named Conference Coach of the Year, 4A Coach of the Year and coached the Colorado Rockies "Purple" team of the Senior Top 50 Game to a 1-0 victory behind the winning RBI of 1B Nick Miller ('10) & winning pitcher, Derek Neeper ('10)...Led Lions to 2013 4A State Championship...Named 4A Colorado Coach of the Year...Coached Senior Futures Team at Coors Field...Teaches Social Studies at MVHS ...Married to Fossil Ridge counselor Jen Smela...Kids Katie (13) & Nick (10)

 

Brad Moore, Pitching Instructor - Varsity Assistant Coach

2006-Present Pitching Instructor, Mountain View HS

1983 Loveland HS Grad...Played at Garden City CC & Grand Canyon College where he pitched for an NAIA National Championship...Played professionally for Mets, Phillies & Rockies...Wife is Lisa, kids Logan ('09 MVHS) & Eastyn ('09 MVHS)...Enjoys camping, fishing, & golf

 

Chris Stine, Hitting Instructor - Varsity Coach

Prepped at MVHS, Class of '06...Two time All-Northern Conference outfielder...Three year starter in CF...Montana State University-Billings ('11)...PE/Health Instructor at MVHS... Married to Chelsey (Nelson)

2008-2010 Assistant Varsity Coach, Mountain View HS
2011 Head Summer JV Coach, Mountain View HS
2012 Head C Team Coach
2013-2017 Assistant Varsity Coach

 

Matt Kurtz, Outfield Instructor - Varsity Coach

Prepped at TVHS & graduated in 2007... Played on for Colorado State ('12) club team & was part of three club National Championship teams...Likes to play golf & snowboard. Wife is  Andrea (Baumann '13) & son Carter.

2015-17 First Base & Baserunning Coach, MVHS

 

 

Rich Benedict, JV Head Coach
2000 graduate of 5A State Champion Loveland HS Indians...Played for Coach Smela for parts of four years at LHS...Pitched collegiately at NCAA Divsion II Mesa State University (now Colorado Mesa)...Presently a teacher at Erwin Middle School

2013 - Assistant Varsity Coach, Mountain View HS
2013-2014 Summer Head C Team Coach
2014 - Assistant C Team Coach

2015 - Assistant JV Coach

2016-17 - Head JV Coach

 

 

Travis Grace, Assistant JV Coach

1989 graduate of Loveland HS...Twice named all-conference...Played 1B collegiately at Neosho Community College in Kansas & was team captain in 1991...Married to Michelle & has two children, Abbe & Kyl...Enjoys hunting & fishing when not on the field

2010-2015 - Assistant Coach, Fossil Ridge HS

2016-17 - Assistant JV Coach

 

Nick Miller, Assistant JV Coach

2010 graduate of Mountain View HS...P/1B on 2010 4A State Champion...CHSAA 4A Player of the Year in 2010 under Coach Smela...Played freshman collegiate year for the University of Nebraska...Transfered to Northeastern Junior College...Pitched & played 1B for University of Northern Colorado...Married to Samantha (Peters).

2016-17 - Assistant JV Coach

 

James Riggenbach, Head C Team Coach

2006 graduate of Mountain View HS... Played as varsity shortstop from 2005-2006...  Played one season at Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas...Brother of alum pitcher/infielder Chad Riggenbach ('15)

2015 - Assistant C Team Coach, MVHS

2016-17 - Head C Team Coach

 

Nate Howell, Assistant C Team Coach

Prepped at Ft. Lupton HS ('95)...Played football at Adams State College... Coached football & baseball at Ft Lupton...Coached football for 4 years at Windsor HS & 2 years baseball... Sons Cody ('15) & Ethan ('15) both players in the organization...Co-Founder of NoCo Roughnecks Summer Baseball Club

2009-2010 - Head C Team Coach, MVHS
2013 - Head C Team Coach
2015 - Head C Team Coach

2016-17 - Assistant C Team Coach

 

Cody Howell, Assistant C Team Coach

A 2015 MVHS grad...Went on to play at Western Nebraska CC...Has also been a coach for NoCo Roughnecks

2017 - Assistant C Team Coach