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Coaching Staff

Damien Strahorn
Head Coach

Damien Strahorn enters his eighth year as head coach of the Colby College men’s basketball team in the 2018-19 season.
 
Strahorn helped the Mules to a seven-win improvement during the 2013-14 season. One of the 14 wins came against defending national champion Amherst.
 
Strahorn was the head coach at Plymouth State University before coming to Colby and an assistant coach for four years at Columbia University. He is the first head coach, other than legendary coach Dick Whitmore, to lead the Mules since 1970. Strahorn is the seventh head coach in Colby men’s basketball history dating back to the 1937-38 season.
 
Strahorn is a 2002 graduate of Colby, with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in administrative science.
 
Despite taking over a Plymouth State team with just one returning starter and a squad predicted to finish last in the Little East Conference, Strahorn helped the Panthers to a sixth-place finish and an 11-14 record.
 
Strahorn was in the Ivy League at Columbia for four years under then head coach Joe Jones. Strahorn was named interim head coach for the spring after Jones left for Boston College. He was in charge of spring workouts and did some home visits to the incoming first-year players.
 
Strahorn started out at Columbia as a third assistant and quickly worked himself up to Jones’ top assistant for his final two years with the Lions. Strahorn helped Jones lead Columbia to the most Ivy League wins during a three-year span since 1994 and helped them tie for most wins in one season in 30 years with a 16-12 record in the 2006-07 season. Columbia had the best four-year record during Strahorn’s time with the Lions since 1980.
 
Strahorn coached four years with Whitmore, first as a volunteer and then working himself into a paid assistant coach position.
 
Strahorn, a native of Menlo Park, Calif., was a two-year player at Colby after transferring from Foothill College. During his senior year at Colby, Strahorn earned All-New England Small College Athletic Conference First Team honors and was named to the All-New England Second Team. A captain his senior year, Strahorn averaged 22.9 points per game.

 

Tyler Ackley
Assistant Coach

Tyler Ackley, a three-year assistant coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University and four-year player at Castleton State College, is in his second year as an assistant coach for the Colby College men's basketball team in 2018-19 academic year.
Ackley, who was the head coach for the junior varsity program, helped the Prairie Wolves to a regular season championship in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the 2016-17 season. 
 
Nebraska Wesleyan played a wide open game during Ackley's three seasons. The Prairie Wolves led NAIA Division II in scoring after the 2014-15 (92.5 points) and 2015-16 (96.3) seasons. The team also led NAIA Division II in made 3-point shots both seasons.
 
Ackley, during his collegiate playing days, helped Castleton State to its first-ever North Atlantic Conference (NAC) title in the 2011-12 season. Ackley was a two-year captain for the Spartans.
 
Ackley is finishing  his master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University-Irvine. He earned a bachelor's degree of science in sports administration from Castleton. 
 

 

Jordan Monts
Assistant Coach

Jordan Monts joins Head Coach Damien Strahorn and Assistant Coach Tyler Ackley on the coaching staff for Colby Men's Basketball. Monts comes to Colby from Keene State College, where he had served as the Assistant Coach of Men's basketball since 2018. At Keene State, Monts helped lead the team to an LEC regular season and conference championship and into the NCAA tournament. Monts coached a first-team All American and two first-team All Conference players while at Keene State and served as a SAAC liason. Monts has also worked with the men's basketball program at Bethany College, where he coached three first-team all Conference players in the PAC. At Bethany, Monts helped lead the Bison to two ECAC appearances.

Monts graduated from Regis College, where he was a two-year captain and led his team to its first NECC title in 2015. Monts' play earned him NECC tournament MVP. In his time at Regis, he was top ten in points, rebounds, and assists and was a SAAC representative.