ASU names new men's basketball coach

ASU names new men's basketball coach

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany State University announced at a Tuesday press conference that Patrick Gayle has been named the new head men's basketball coach.

Gayle is a coaching veteran that brings over a decade of experience as both a head and assistant coach at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and high school levels.

Gayle was selected from a pool of over 100 applicants and after a national search. The new coach will be the seventh men's basketball coach in ASU history.

He is set to begin his duties immediately.

"We are excited to announce Patrick Gayle as our head men's basketball coach at the Albany State University," said Athletics Director Sherie Gordon. "Coach Gayle is a high-energy leader committed to being a part of our university and the city of Albany. He has a tremendous basketball pedigree and a strong track record of recruiting, developing and mentoring high-quality student-athletes. He has a relentless work ethic, passion for the game and clear vision of how to build a program that is capable of competing at the highest levels in the conference and region. I look forward to our student-athletes, fans, donors and alumni getting to know Coach Gayle and his family."

"We are happy to welcome Coach Gayle to Albany State University," said interim President Marion Fedrick. "Through hard work and a strong commitment to excellence, our program will continue to improve, and we are confident that his expertise will take our basketball program to new heights."

Said Gayle: "My family and I are excited to be a part of the Albany State University family and community and we look forward to working closely with the alumni, student body, faculty, and staff to produce a program that all can be proud."

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Gayle joins the staff at Albany State after a successful 13 year run as an assistant and most recently, the head coach at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. From 2008-2012, he was an assistant before being promoted in July 2012 where he went on to compile an overall record of 125-51 over six seasons as the head coach. In his first three years at the helm of the program, Gayle guided the Bobcats to the NAIA Division II tournament advancing to the Sweet 16 twice (2013, 2014). He was twice named Sun Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Bobcats to Sun Conference regular season titles during the 2013-14 and 2017-18 seasons. Gayle has also had success against NCAA Division II competition with a 6-3 record during his time at St. Thomas including a win over Florida Southern, who would go on to win the national championship later that year.

His team also made history during the 2013-14 season as they set a new school record for wins. During his tenure at St. Thomas, his program produced 12 All-Conference players, three All-Defensive team honorees, six NAIA All-Americans and three Dean's List student-athletes.

Gayle's efforts were acknowledged by his peers as he was recently honored as the 2018 St. Thomas University Staff Member of the Year.

His other coaching stints include Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio, Creekside High School in Fairburn and Nova High School in Davie, Florida.

Gayle has also spent six year of his life in academia as an educator at both the middle and high school levels. During his time as the STEM math lead teacher at Margate Middle School in Margate, Florida. While there, he designed and developed a curriculum in civil and mechanical engineering for grades 6th-8th.

He earned a bachelor's of science in mathematical sciences from the University of Memphis in 2002 and completed his master's in business administration in 2007 from Tiffin University. Gayle and his wife Sherida have four children Sanai, Asaya, Solomon and Asahel.

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