Ryan Bay is entering his first season as the Mavricks head coach.
The 2014 season marked Ryan Bay'ssixth season as a head coach of the Ranger baseball program.
During his time in Alva, Northwestern Oklahoma State has improved dramatically. In 2009 Bay took over an eight-win team and immediately shaped them into contenders, posting 26 victories. That 18-game swing was the single-biggest one-year turn around in school history.
Bay didn't stop there. Under his watch, the Rangers have posted winning records in each of the last three seasons.
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.
The 2011 team kept the momentum going, opening the year 10-2. They posted a pair of six-game winning streaks and racked up 26 victories.
In 2012, Bay led Northwestern Oklahoma State to a 34-24 mark, helped by a 10-game winning streak in early April.
Bay is just the fifth head baseball coach to lead Northwestern over the past 42 years. Heading into the 2013 season, Bay holds a 125-88 record at Northwestern. He's 312-239 in 10 seasons overall.
Bay’s accomplishments don’t just stop on the field, they also carry over to the classroom. His 2010 squad was named an NAIA Scholar Team with a 3.12 grade point average. The team has maintained an average of 3.0 or higher in every season since.
Bay had a successful three-year reign at Bacone College. During the 2008 season, Bay led Bacone College to a 41-14 overall record and as high as an 18th ranking in the NAIA. Bay joined Bacone during the 2006 season and 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 the school’s history.
Before serving at Bacone, Bay spent from 2003-05 as the head coach at William Woods (Mo.) University. During his inaugural season, Bay 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 also has been an assistant coach at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, serving 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 his prep ball at Perry High School under current Northern Oklahoma College-Enid head coach Raydon Leaton. He was a four-year starter and two-time all-conference performer in the Heart of America Conference as an outfielder at Missouri Valley College. During his junior year, Bay led the conference in stolen bases with 39.
Bay received his Bachelor of Science in 1999 from Missouri Valley College and earned a master’s degree in education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 2002.
Bay is married to his wife of 12 years, Denise, and they have a son Bryer.