Ryan Bay is entering his second season as the Mavericks head baseball coach. In 2015 Bay’s team set a school record for wins by going 37-24 (an 18 win improvement from previous season). The Mavericks were also ranked as high as 12th in the NJCAA national poll and remained in the national top 25 for 6 more weeks. The NOC Mavericks finished 3rd in the Region II Tournament. When asked about the 2015 season Bay responded “Our success this year is a reflection of our guy’s effort, passion and sacrifice. Guys were bought in from day one and they played the game the right way.”
Coach Bay spent the previous six seasons as head coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma. Bay took over an eight-win team in 2009 and immediately shaped it into a contender, posting 26 victories. That 18-game swing was the single-biggest one-year turnaround in school history. In 2010, Northwestern was one win shy of the NAIA National Tournament on the strength of a 35-22 overall record, the fifth-best finish in school history.
Prior to coaching at NWOSU, Bay had a successful three-year reign at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. During his first season, he spurred a 20-game turnaround from the previous season, with a 29-19 record. During his second season, he finished with a 35-21 record and won the Red River Athletic Conference North Division Title, the first in school history. In the 2008 season, he led the Warriors to a 41-14 overall record and an 18th natinoal ranking in the NAIA.
Before serving at Bacone, Bay spent from 2003-05 as the head coach at William Woods (Fulton, Missouri) University. During his inaugural season, he guided the program to its first winning season in school history. In his second year at the helm, Bay defeated seven NAIA nationally ranked opponents in route to qualifying for the Regional Tournament, a first for the program.
A native of Perry, Bay served as an assistant coach at Northern Oklahoma College Enid, acting as a hitting/outfield coach and recruiting coordinator from 2001-02. In 2002, the Jets finished in third place in the Junior College World Series.
Bay played prep ball at Perry High School under current Northern Oklahoma College Enid Head Baseball Coach Raydon Leaton. As an outfielder at Missouri Valley College, he was a four-year starter and two-time All-Conference performer in the Heart of America Conference. During his junior year, he led the conference in stolen bases with 39.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1999 from Missouri Valley College and earned a Master of Education degree from NWOSU in 2002.
Coach Bay and his wife of 15 years Denise, have an 11 year old son, Bryer.