Taylor 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. In his 7th season at the helm, Hasty led the Lions to another berth in the NAIA Opening Round and to a record number of wins as this year’s 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 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.
2014 was the first championship season for the Bryan Baseball Program in the NAIA, as the Lions won the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament. The championship allowed the Lions to advance to the Opening Round of the NAIA Baseball Tournament for the first time in program history. The Lions finished their historic season 35-28 for a record 4th straight season with a winning record.
Following a difficult first season that saw the 2009 Lions win just 6 games, Hasty has brought the program to new heights with a total of 165 wins over the past 6 seasons, making him the winningest coach in Bryan College Baseball History.
The 2011 team was the first team in Bryan history to finish above .500, setting the program record for wins (31) which was promptly broke when the 2012 team finished the season with a total of 41 wins. In 2013, the Lions were once again over the .500 mark at 31-26. The Lions have also seen significant growth in Appalachian Athletic Conference play as the 2012 squad finished second in league play with a record of 17-7 and the 2014 team won the AAC Tournament Championship. Hasty’s teams have compiled 60 AAC wins during his time as head coach, more than the previous 7 seasons combined, including a record of 12 AAC tournament wins and the 2014 tournament title. In 2012, Hasty received the Coach of the Year award from his colleagues in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
Hasty had this to say about his award: “Receiving the Coach of the Year award was a great honor, not only for me but for our coaching staff and our players. Awards like that are a recognition of our program more than they are the work of one person!”
During his tenure, Hasty has produced six NAIA All-Americans, one NCCAA All-American, 19 First Team All-Conference selections, 27 Second Team All-Conference members, 8 players have been named to the AAC Gold Glove Team. Hasty has also coached 4 AAC Freshmen of the Year in a row and this past season had Kenny Knudsen named AAC Pitcher of the Year. He has had one player sign a Major League Baseball contract and 10 others play professionally.
Under Hasty, the baseball program has placed an emphasis on academics as he has helped 34 players graduate with bachelor degrees. In addition 39 players have been named to the AAC Academic team and he has coached 10 NAIA Academic All-Americans.
Prior to becoming the head coach at Bryan, Hasty spent two years as an assistant to then head coach, Joel Johnson, at Bryan. He also spent time in the admissions department, traveling and promoting Bryan as an institution to prospective students throughout the southeastern United States.
A 2006 graduate from Bryan College, Hasty helped restart the baseball program at Bryan as a freshman in 2002 after a 16-year hiatus. Despite playing third base and left field for the Lions, Hasty was primarily a pitcher, setting the career record for innings pitched (332). He served as a team captain for 3 years and in his senior season earned the Bryan College Athletic Department’s highest honor, the Lion of Valor award, given annually to the outstanding Christian athlete who excelled both on and off the field.
A native of Charlotte, N.C., Hasty graduated from Charlotte Latin School, where he helped win the 2000 state title in baseball. Graduating with his bachelor’s degree in history in 2006, Hasty went on to receive his master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy in 2010.
Hasty is married to the former Julie Thompson of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The couple, their two sons, Maddux (6) and Jaxson (3), and infant daughter, Lyla, reside in Dayton, Tenn.
Coach McAuley is entering his sixth season as the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach for the Bryan College baseball program.
In his five seasons at Bryan College, the pitching staff has experienced unprecedented success. McAuley’s pitchers have broke many records. Under his tutelage, Tanner Brown was the first Bryan pitcher to be named to the All-Appalachian Athletic Conference first team and Kenny Knudsen was named freshman of the year. Since then, LJ Rowden and Kenny Knudsen have both been first team All-AAC. Knudsen was named Conference pitcher of the year in 2015. Coach McAuley also helped Kemonte Keesee achieve a national honor as he was named NAIA Pitcher of the Week, the first such award won by any player at Bryan College.
“We are fortunate to have Coach McAuley as a part of our program,” Head Baseball Coach Taylor Hasty remarked. “Our success has been in large part to his work both as our pitching coach and his work on the recruiting trail.”
McAuley came to the Lions from Northeast Mississippi Community College where he was instrumental in coaching a program that won 74 games over 3 years, including 33 in his first year there. Prior to joining the Tigers in Mississippi, McAuley served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for NCAA Division 1 Siena College in Loudonville, NY. While with the Saints, McAuley helped the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school to a 30-26 record including a berth in the MAAC championship game. The Saints won their last 10 regular season games, and 17 of their last 19 prior to entering the MAAC tournament.
Before heading north to join the coaching staff at Siena, McAuley was the pitching coach at Louisiana State University at Eunice. During his time at Eunice, the pitching corps posted a school record 2.07 ERA and 465 strikeouts on their way to the 2006 NJCAA Division II National Championship. McAuley coached 4 pitchers at Eunice who were selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
McAuley began his career by coaching at East Texas Baptist University. He has also been an assistant for the Bluff City Bombers in the Central Illinois Collegiate League and the Harrisonburg Turks of the Valley League. In McAuley’s 14 year career, he has coached 29 Major League Draft picks.
A native of Winnsboro, Texas, McAuley played for East Texas Baptist University where he was a conference starter on the mound and was recognized as All-ASC East Division and was name as an honorable mention to the NCCAA All-American team at first base.
Coach McAuley graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in history; he also holds a Master’s degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy. He and his wife of 9 years, Carly, currently reside in Dayton, Tenn., with their daughter Sarah and son Dean.
Coach Day enters his fifth season as an assistant on the Bryan College Baseball staff. His main responsibilities include coaching the Lion hitters and catchers. Day also coaches first base. In his first three seasons on the Lion staff, Coach Day learned under the tutelage of former Bryan hitting coach, Jeremy Deal. The Lion offense continued to flourish in Day’s first full season as the hitting coach. The 2016 season saw the Lions set school records in total extra-base hits, triples, home runs, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and offensive production statistic (OPS).
Individual accomplishments were aplenty for the 2017 Lions as well. A trio of Lion hitters garnered 1st team All-AAC honors (Justin Morhardt, Trevor Behrent, Wade Weinburger), while (Lake Burris) earned a spot on the 2nd team. Morhardt also became the first Bryan Lion in history to win the AAC Player of the Year award and first Lion to go in the MLB Draft (22nd round, Atlanta Braves). Weinburger became the 5th Lion to win the AAC Freshman of the Year title.
"Coach Day is a wonderful young man who was an invaluable part of the culture building this program underwent during his time as a player," Bryan Baseball Head Coach, Taylor Hasty remarked. "It is an honor for us to have Coach Day on staff, he is a great young coach and we are stronger as a staff and program because he is here."
Originally from Summerville, Ga., Day graduated from Trion High School and continued his education at Bryan where he graduated in 2012 with a B.S. in Exercise and Health Science. Day met and married current Bryan Volleyball Head Coach, Jessica (Kaya) Day, during their time as students at Bryan. They currently reside in Dayton, Tenn. with their daughter, Kayleigh (1).
Cody Rhinehart enters his first season as a Graduate Assistant for the Bryan Lions Baseball program, aiding in the areas of the outfield and hitting while being an assistant on the JV team.
Cody was a four-year standout for the Lions. During his time at Bryan, he was named Freshman of the Year, earned Gold Glove honors, and was named to the All-Conference team twice.
He met his wife, Regan Rhinehart (Robertson), at Bryan and is continuing his education through the Bryan College Difference Maker.
Cody and Regan currently reside in Dayton, Tenn.