Cole Pryor, KP Pryor named to MCC Baseball Hall of Fame

The Miles Community College Pioneer baseball organization held their fourth annual Alumni Weekend Sept. 9-10. Former Pioneer players of all ages came to compete against the 2016-17 Pioneers.

The weekend kicked off with a gathering at Coach Jeff Brabant’s home for the alumni, followed by a round of golf Saturday morning at the Town and Country Club.

Each year the alums and the current team battle it out in a pair of games at Tedesco Field. The alums have won the past two years, and this year was no exception, as the former players took a pair. 

Members of the alumni team were recent graduate Cameron Guevarra, current assistant coach Jake Mills, Cole Pryor and Kyle “KP” Pryor. Volunteer coach Casey Miller pitched a complete first game.

While scores weren’t tallied in the traditional way — the focus was on fun — the alums won.

The culmination of the weekend was dinner Saturday night, where Coach Brabant and the Pioneer organization inducted Kyle and Cole Pryor into the MCC Baseball Hall of Fame.

Cole Pryor was a 2007 graduate of MCC, and was on the Pioneer baseball team from 2005-07. He graduated with Associates Degrees in Arts and Science. He went on to MSU-Billings and earned a BA in communications. He is currently working on his MBA.

While with the Pioneers Cole was All Mondak for both years, and in 2007 he was All Region, All District, and Player of the Year, and participated in the junior college World Series.

Brabant spoke of Cole’s ability to get the competition going between the Pioneers and others as well as when he first coached Cole in high school.

“Cole had the uncanny ability to get the competition flowing,” said Brabant.

Kyle “KP” Pryor was with the Pioneers in 2003-04. He received Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science degrees at MCC, and went on MSU-Billings where he received his BA and a teaching certificate. 

Both Cole and KP played baseball for MSU-Billings after playing for MCC.

KP coached legion baseball from 2004-13 both in Billings and Miles City. From 2008-13 he taught grades 7-8 at Kinsey and he is currently the 7th-8th grade health and physical education teacher at Washington Middle School in Miles City.

KP is a strong advocate of health and fitness in the community and is a part of the Play 60 program sponsored by the NFL. He put together a free athletic program for kids at the end of the summer and during the school year has a program in the mornings and the afternoons to promote health and fitness.

KP was the prankster while with the Pioneers, managing to trick his teammates on most trips, Brabant said.

Brabant said he is very glad to have KP as part of the community of Miles City and believes his efforts in health in the schools will be beneficial.

“I am proud to call him my friend,” said Brabant.