Taylor Hasty is heading into his fifth year as the Director of Athletics here at Bryan College. Hasty is also the baseball coach for the Lions and moved into his dual role in August of 2013.
“I am so humbled to be in this position. God has blessed me in so many ways here at Bryan and I am grateful to be a part of the great team of leaders we have in our athletic department,” remarked Hasty about his move. “I am excited to help support our coaches in the work they do in furthering Christ’s Kingdom in the lives of our students.”
Hasty arrived at Bryan as a student in the fall of 2002 to play baseball and study History, as well as Business and Bible. He graduated in the spring of 2006 and was hired on staff as an assistant baseball coach and admissions counselor for the College. In the summer of 2008, Hasty was promoted to the head coaching position, following the retirement of the head coach.
Hasty has led the Bryan Baseball Program to unprecedented success in his 9 years at the helm. This past season, his 9th season as the skipper, Hasty led the Lions to their third berth in the NAIA Opening Round after receiving an at-large bid, the first in program history. The first opportunity in the post-season for Lions baseball came after the baseball program won the Appalachian Athletic Conference title and advanced to the NAIA Baseball Tournament Opening Round in 2014. The Lions finished this past season with 38 wins, the 4th straight season in which the Lions have eclipsed the 35-win mark.
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 279 wins over the past 8 seasons, making him the winningest coach in Bryan College Baseball History.
In his first year as the Director of Athletics, Hasty saw the department continue the success established by outgoing Athletic Director Sandy Zensen. The Volleyball Program won both the regular and tournament championship titles and hosted the NAIA National Championship Opening Round Game for the first time. The Men’s Soccer Program won the AAC Tournament and traveled to play in the NAIA National Championship as well, losing to the eventual national champion. Men’s Cross Country was again one of the top programs in the country, running away with the AAC Title and then placing just outside the top 10 at the NAIA National Meet in Kansas.
Building on the success of the fall sports, both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball program experienced good years on the court. The men’s team won 11 of 13 games at one point on their way to a 5th place finish in the AAC. The women returned to their excellence of several years ago, winning 20 games on their way to a 3 rd place conference finish.
The spring sports of baseball and softball also continued the success of 2013-14, the softball team won over 30 games for the first time in program history and finished 2nd in the AAC Tournament earning the bid to the NAIA National Tournament. The baseball team won their first Appalachian Athletic Conference title and advanced to the NAIA Baseball Tournament Opening Round.
Following the success of Bryan Athletics during his first year at the helm, Hasty has overseen a department that has grown by over 100 student-athletes. Under his purview, the Athletic Department has seen the overall GPA grow from just under a 3.0 to a 3.14 GPA this past season (2016-17). In addition to the off-field success, the department has won conference titles in Women’s Volleyball, Softball (2), and a Women’s Basketball Tournament Title in 2016-17. This past season saw at-large bids to the NAIA National Tournament in Men’s Soccer and Baseball as well as an AAC Tournament Championship Final berth for Women’s Soccer, their first opportunity at winning the AAC Tournament since 2010.
Hasty has this to say about the future of athletics at Bryan: “More than anything I am excited about working with our amazing coaching staff here at Bryan College and representing Christ well. Our coaches work so hard at mentoring and discipling the young men and women who play here at Bryan. I look forward to continuing to partner with the administration, our coaching staff, and the student-athletes in that endeavor to reveal and represent Christ to our community through sports!”
A 2006 graduate of 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, Tenn. The couple, their two sons, Maddux (8) and Jaxson (5), and their daughter, Lyla (2), reside in Dayton, Tenn.