High School Sports


Billings Central announces coaching, AD changes

Posted at 3:13 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 17:58:16-04

BILLINGS — Billings Central has announced Mike Ryan as the school’s new activities director, effective this summer, along with Nolan Trafton as the head boys and girls soccer coach.

“Mike Ryan has extensive experience as a teacher, coach, activities director and administrator,” school principal Shel Hanser said Wednesday in a media release. “In addition to his extensive background as AD, Mr. Ryan has also served as the Class A President and Eastern A President. Mr. Ryan currently teaches history at BCCHS and is familiar with the school’s student population and programs. BCCHS looks forward to welcoming Mike Ryan as the new activity director.”

“BCCHS would like to thank outgoing AD Richy Powell for the outstanding job he has done during his four years,” Hanser added.

Trafton, a former Central soccer standout, will take over head coaching duties for the boys and girls programs this fall.

“Mr. Trafton is a remarkable young leader in our community, currently serving as an elementary teacher at Saint Francis Catholic,” said Hanser. “For the past five seasons Mr. Trafton (Class of 2014) has acted as the assistant boys soccer coach and has also been directly involved with the girls program under the leadership of former head boys and girls coach Didier Ndedi. In addition, Mr. Trafton has spent six seasons coaching soccer for competitive clubs in Billings, including Edge Soccer Academy, Billings United and Real Billings FC.”

Trafton’s brother Kyle, who graduated from Billings Central in 2007, will be associate head coach for the boys program, and Jaelene Flynn, a 2011 Billings Central graduate, will be the associate head coach for the girls.

Tanner Sprenkle, who joined Montana’s club of four-time state wrestling champions in 2011 while at Billings Senior, will join the Rams as an assistant wrestling coach.

“Sprenkle is returning to Billings next fall and will be teaching at BCCHS, as well as bringing his knowledge and experience to the wrestling program,” Hanser said.