ALVA, Okla. – After a successful three-year reign at Bacone College, Ryan Bay has been dubbed the new head baseball coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Bay becomes just the fourth coach of the Ranger baseball program over the past 40 years.
“Ryan Bay fits the criteria we were looking for in our baseball coach,” stated Northwestern Director of Athletics Bob Battisti. “Work ethic, enthusiasm, energy and character were the words I kept hearing as I checked his references. We are excited Ryan has decided to lead our baseball program.”
This past 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 2003 season and spurred a 20-game turn around 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.
Bay’s accomplishments don’t just stop on the field, they also carry over to the classroom. In his six years as a head coach he raised the academic bar and improved his team’s grade point average by large margin.
“I am excited about coming to Northwestern and being a part of its rich athletic tradition,” remarked Bay. “I am committed to making the baseball program a source of pride both on the campus and in the community for years to come.”
A native of Perry, Bay has also 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’s of science in 1999 from Missouri Valley College and holds a master’s degree in education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, which he earned in 2002.