Ryan Bay is entering his first season as the Mavericks head baseball 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.
Bay’s accomplishments didn’t stop on the field; they carried over to the classroom. His 2010 squad was named an NAIA Scholar Team with a 3.12 grade-point average. Successive NWOSU teams maintained a GPA of 3.00 or higher in every season under his lead.
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 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.
While in Enid during the summers of 2001 and 2002, he was the head coach of the Enid Pastimers, a collegiate summer league team.
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.
Bay and his wife, Denise, have a son, Bryer.