Ryan Coe

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Ryan Coe spent three seasons in the minor leagues as a player, then became a college coach and scout.

Coe was a NAIA All-American in 1994, splitting the honors at catcher with Tim Nihart; Ryan had hit .369 with 18 HR and 79 RBI for Kennesaw State. The school won the 1994 NAIA College World Series. The team moved up from NAIA to NCAA Division II in 1995 and Coe followed by batting .450 with 72 RBI. He was fourth in NCAA Division II in average and won All-American honors at catcher at a new level. (Kennesaw State's website lists Coe as being a junior college in All-American; this is not confirmed by the 1994 Baseball Almanac).

The Houston Astros took Coe in the 40th round of the 1995 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Jug Deford. He made his pro debut with the Quad City River Bandits, hitting .261/.367/.500 in 38 games in 1995. In 1996, he backed up Ramón Castro at catcher but still led Quad City with 14 homers - his batting line was a very good .293/.362/.512. He fell to .217/.292/.311 in 52 games for the 1997 Kissimmee Cobras, though, ending his playing career. His batting line in the minors was .263/.341/.445 with 22 HR and 84 RBI in 167 games, good power numbers for a backstop.

From 1998-2009, Coe was assistant coach at Kennesaw State. During his time there, KSU finished second in both the 1998 Division II College World Series and 1999 Division II College World Series. He was inducted into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004, one of the first two baseball inductees. His wife, Cara Coe, also made the school's Hall of Fame, also following an All-American career (in softball).

In November 2009, Coe was hired as a scout by the Texas Rangers. He was responsible for scouting Texas's first two picks in the 2011 amateur draft, Kevin Matthews and Zach Cone, as well as Justin Grimm .

Coe returned to his alma mater as head coach in 2022.