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.
|1||Mikey Rita||JR||IF||R/R||5-8||150||Kalaheo, HI|
|2||Cameron Yoho||SR||OF||R/R||5-8||160||Collierville, Tenn.|
|5||Tyler Scott||FR||IF||R/R||5-9||170||Calgary, Alberta|
|6||Prentice Young||SR||OF||R/R||6-1||180||Oak Ridge, Tenn.|
|8||Trevor Behrent||JR||OF||L/R||6-1||195||Catawissa, Pa.|
|9||Irvin Cespedes||FR||IF||R/R||5-10||165||Wappinger Falls, NY|
|10||Chad Burrows||SR||P||R/R||6-4||250||Nassau, Bahamas|
|11||Fernando Garcia||JR||OF||R/R||6-1||205||Kissimmee, Fla.|
|12||Yashuan Santiago||JR||P||R/R||6-3||170||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|13||Brandon Marklund||JR||P||R/R||6-1||185||North Vancouver, Canada|
|14||Alec Turner||JR||IF||R/R||5-10||235||Carlisle, OH|
|15||Kila Zuttermeister||JR||IF||R/R||6-0||170||Kailua, HI|
|16||Shaq Bermudez||JR||C||R/R||5-8||195||Bayamon, Puerto Rico|
|17||Travis Moore||SR||P||R/R||6-0||185||Hastings, Mich.|
|19||Hudson Clare||SR||C||R/R||5-11||210||Jacksonville, Fla.|
|20||Justin Morhardt||JR||C||S/R||6-3||220||Winsted, Conn.|
|21||Steven Ward||JR||OF||R/R||6-0||200||Alabaster, Ala.|
|24||Jesus Astudillo||JR||C||R/R||6-2||227||Caracas, Venezuela|
|25||Wade Weinburger||FR||OF||L/R||5-10||185||James Cistern, Bahamas|
|26||Kurt Meeberg||SO||P||R/R||6-3||195||Edmonton, Alberta|
|28||Lake Burris||SO||1B||R/R||6-1||235||Chatsworth, Ga.|
|31||Jared Breazeale||SR||P||R/R||6-2||195||Rockwood, Tenn.|
|32||Sam Salyers||JR||C||R/R||5-10||190||Kingsport, Tenn.|
|33||Jacob Justice||FR||1B||L/R||5-11||200||Ringgold, Ga|
|36||Miguel Lopez||JR||P||R/R||6-3||190||Yaucco, Puerto Rico|
|38||Zane Glass||JR||P||R/R||5-11||170||Murfreesboro, Tenn.|
|42||Ryan LaFever||FR||P||L/L||5-8||193||Baxter, Tenn.|
|44||CJ Owens||SR||1B||R/R||6-0||225||Oakland, Calif.|
|45||Chris Sauve||SR||P||L/L||6-0||190||Mascouche, Quebec|
|46||Tucker Cain||SO||OF||L/R||6-2||180||Jacksboro, Tenn.|
|47||Landon Mosteller||SO||P||L/L||6-0||160||Clarksville, Tenn.|
|48||Austin Parrish||JR||P||R/R||6-1||190||Ringgold, Ga|
|49||Tristan Legault||SO||P||R/R||6-3||185||Mascouche, Quebec|