January 19, 2016 — Bryan College’s Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach, Taylor Hasty, has been honored as the 2016 NAIA Coach of the Year by Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association announced on Saturday.
Hasty was recognized by the TBCA for his outstanding contribution to the game of baseball and rewarded him for excelling in the game of baseball in Tennessee through dedication and hard work.
After looking at previous seasons and finding success in teams, Executive Director of TBCA, Pat Swallows explained, “We try to select a school that is doing the right thing in the way they go about running their program. After selections are made, the executive board then votes on it. Taylor made a great impression, and I’m glad to congratulate him and Bryan on their accomplishments. We are happy to be able to recognize both.”
Hasty is heading into his 8th season as the Head Coach of the Bryan College baseball program. He took the helm in June of 2008, making him the third person to hold the post since baseball was reinstated at Bryan in the fall of 2002. Last season, Hasty led the Lions to another berth in the NAIA Opening Round and to a record number of wins as the 2015 team broke the 2012 41-win record with 44 of their own.
The Lions recorded 39 wins in the regular season, which was good enough for a 3rd place finish in Appalachian Athletic Conference play and a runner-up finish in the AAC Tournament. The team headed to Daytona Beach, Florida for NAIA Regional play where they were seeded 3rd and slated to play host team Embry-Riddle University (Ga.) in the first game of the tournament. For the second year in a row, the Lions won 2 games at the national tournament before falling short of the championship game. The five postseason wins for the Lions brought the final record on the year to 44-18, the second time the program has been over 40 wins and the 5th straight winning season.
“This is such an honor for me and for our program here at Bryan,” Taylor Hasty remarked. “I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am to our staff and our players for their commitment and hard work year after year.”
The cold weather is a sign that baseball season has arrived. The Lions have their first action of the season on February 5-6th as they host 25th ranked University of Rio Grande (Ohio).
For the full Bryan Lions Baseball schedule, visit bryanlions.com/baseball.
Written by Wesley Sanders ’15, sports information director.