2009-10 Basketball Coaches
Gary Bays is no stranger to college basketball, having spent 29 seasons patrolling the sidelines, the first 22 as a men's coach and the last seven seasons on the women's side. Bays has amassed 457 wins during his career and has taken four different teams to the NAIA National Championships. He was named NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1986 and has been selected as Conference Coach of the Year on six different occasions. His career includes stops at four different colleges, and in each case, he was responsible for taking a bad situation and making it better during his tenure. After his graduation from Anderson University in 1968, Bays spent the next eight years coaching at the high school level in Montana. His first college position was at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon where he spent 12 years building a competitive program in a tough conference. Warner Pacific honored him last January as "Coach Emeritus." Next up was a nine year stint at Warner Southern College in Lake Wales, Florida, where he introduced that program to the NAIA and helped start the Florida Sun Conference. Bays then returned to Montana to head up the program at Montana State-Billings, and NCAA II school for the next four years. Gary then returned to Florida and Warner Southern, where his 1998 team advanced to the NAIA National Tournament and the Sweet Sixteen. Bays then took on the challenge of building the women's team at Warner, which had never won more than 12 games in a season, and took three straight teams to the NAIA National Tournament. When the opportunity to start a new program at Brenau came up, Bays jumped at the chance to build another winner in a great conference. In the first three years of existence, the Golden Tigers have won 43 games and qualified for the conference tournament in the past two seasons. Gary has been married to wife, Joan for 44 years and has three sons, all of which are coaching basketball at the high school level.
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season