Head Coach Ryan Mansfield is returning for his eleventh summer with the Nevada Griffons and his tenth as Head Coach, as the longest tenured head coach in Griffons History. He also serves as the team's General Manager. He has the most wins under his belt as head coach for the Nevada Griffons at 248-190. Mansfield has had the good fortune during his time with the Griffons to work with over 15 players that have gone on to play professionally. During his tenure, the Griffons have qualified for the NBC World Series National Tournament each year, with top ten finishes in 2013, 2012, and 2011.
The 2017 Griffons were successful again, finishing the year with a 22-22 league record.
Coach Mansfield comes to the Griffons from Longview Community College in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, where he is currently the head Baseball Coach and Athletic Director. While there, he has worked with hitters, infielders and outfielders, and coordinated base running. Mansfield will work with Griffons players on all aspects of the game, but will primarily focus his efforts on working with the hitters, catchers and outfielders. Prior to his arrival in Lee’s Summit, Mansfield spent two years at Central Methodist University where he served as catching, defensive and advance scouting coordinator as well as hitting coach. During Mansfield’s first year at Central Methodist University, Eagle hitters enjoyed improvement in all offensive categories. The most notable jumps came in doubles, slugging percentage, on base percentage, a 30-point increase in average, and scoring 50 more runs than the previous year while finishing one game shy of a bid to the Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament. In 2013, Mansfield helped guide the Central Methodist Eagles to their first HAAC Conference Championship since 1975 as well as Central’s first appearance in school history at the Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament.
Before working at Central Methodist University, Mansfield served as an assistant at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas from 2005-2011. While at Fort Scott, Mansfield served in many capacities, including hitting coach, recruiting coordinator, catching coordinator, outfield coach and field maintenance supervisor. Most notably Mansfield helped the Fort Scott squad reach a 40+ win season in 2011 which was the first in over a decade and the second highest win total in the program’s history. The Greyhounds also saw an increase in stolen bases, batting average, runs, hits, doubles and slugging percentage for the 2011 campaign. Mansfield worked with 18 Academic All Americans, 10 Distinguished Academic All Americans, 10 All Region Players, 37 All Conference Players and more than 45 players moving on to the Division I and Division II levels during his time at Fort Scott.
In addition to his duties at with the Griffons and Longview Community College, Mansfield has been an associate scout with the Boston Red Sox for the last seven years and is now currently working for the Baltimore Orioles. Mansfield has had the privilege of working with over 20 players who have gone on to play professional baseball.
Justin Parrish comes back to the Nevada Griffons as Assistant Coach, having served in the same position from 2010 through 2013 and 2015 . Parrish is originally from Ranier, Oregon and played baseball at the University of Charleston in West Virginia and Missouri Western State University. He has served as the Pitching Coach at Southwestern Oregon Community College and Valley City State University, and as Outfield Coach at Missouri Western State University. Most recently, he has been working at an Assistant Coach at Chattanooga State Community College.