Taylor Hasty is heading into his seventh 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 just his sixth season at the helm, Hasty led the Lions into new territory as baseball program won their first Appalachian Athletic Conference title and advanced to the NAIA Baseball Tournament Opening Round.
This past year was the first championship season for the Bryan Baseball Program in the NAIA, as the Lions won the 2014 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 four NAIA All-Americans, one NCCAA All-American, 15 First Team All-Conference selections, 23 Second Team All-Conference members, 6 players have been named to the AAC Gold Glove Team. Hasty has also coached 3 AAC Freshmen of the Year in a row and had a pitcher named NAIA Pitcher of the Week. He has had 8 players sign professional baseball contracts.
Under Hasty, the baseball program has placed an emphasis on academics as he has helped 30 players graduate with bachelor degrees. In addition 34 players have been named to the AAC Academic team and he has coached 9 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 and their two sons, Maddux (5) and Jaxson (2), reside in Dayton, Tenn.
Coach McAuley is entering his third season as the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach for the Bryan College baseball program.
In his two seasons at Bryan College, the pitching staff has experienced unprecedented success. McAuley’s pitchers broke many records in 2012 and did so again in 2013 as they again broke the strikeout record (350), had the second best team ERA and the second best batting average against. 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. 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 11 year career, the schools at which he has coached have amassed an overall record of 341-189 and 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 6 years, Carly, currently reside in Dayton, Tenn., with their daughter Sarah.
Coach Deal is entering his 6th season as an assistant coach at Bryan College. He has been the hitting and infield coach for the Lions since Coach Hasty was hired as the head coach in the summer of 2008.
The Lion offense has flourished under the watchful eye of Coach Deal. During his tenure, Bryan teams have broken 11 different team offensive records and set over 30 offesnsive records both career and season. During this past season the offense ranked in the top 25 in 5 different offensive categories. Two Bryan hitters were named to the All-AAC team in 2012 and one was an NAIA- All-American first team member. He has also helped the infield defense grow into one of the top defenses in the country, leading the Appalachian Athletic Conference with a school record .964 fielding percentage in 2013.
Coach Deal graduated from Bryan in 2007 after leading the Lions to the most wins in school history at the time as a team captain. The former Lion shortstop also led the naion in assists in 2006 and helped the Lions field above .950 his junior and senior seasons. He was named to the All-AAC Second Team in 2006 and 2007. He and Coach Hasty were teammates at Bryan during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
“I love Bryan College deeply and I am excited to be a part of a program where we are committed to building young men,” Coach Deal says about his time as a coach with the Lions. “There is no other place I would rather coach.”
Originally from Lenoir, N.C., Deal graduated from West Caldwell High School. He earned his teaching licensure degree from Bryan College and just recently entered New Orleans Seminary.
He and his wife Deanna reside in Dayton, Tenn., with their daughters Lydia Grace (2) and Hannah (1).