PLAINVIEW — Clint Galyean, whose Central Baptist College teams qualified for the NAIA postseason each of the past three years, on Wednesday was named head coach at Wayland Baptist.
Galyean’s teams were 63-27 in his three years as head coach at Central Baptist, an NAIA Division I program in Conway, Arkansas, that competes in the American Midwest Conference.
The Mustangs were 22-11 in 2018-19, losing in the first round of the NAIA Tournament; 22-9 in 2019-20, when the NAIA Tournament was canceled on account of the pandemic; and 19-7 this past season, losing in the NAIA national tournament opening round bracket.
Galyean takes over for Ty Harrelson, whose resignation Wayland recently announced. Harrelson led the Pioneers to a record of 115-59 over six seasons, including four 20-win seasons with NAIA Tournament appearances.
“I am looking forward to building off the success this program has established over the years,” Galyean said in Wayland’s announcement. “Our vision is to help our student-athletes be successful on and off the court, grow in their faith, assist them in getting their diplomas and then propel them to successful careers in whatever they might choose to do, while also competing for conference and national championships.”
Wayland athletics director Bill Weidner called Galyean “a proven winner” and “an established head coach with a proven track record of accomplishment.”
“His teams are well-coached, highly motivated to succeed and are always well-prepared to compete at their optimum best,” Weidner said. “His well-rounded coaching expertise, practice organization, contest preparation and game-day adjustments have consistently placed his teams in the best possible position to succeed.”
Galyean went to Central Baptist as an assistant in 2017-18, when the Mustangs went 21-9 and made the NAIA Tournament for the first time.
He grew up in Eastland and was recruited to Angelo State by Chris Beard, for whom he played one season. Galyean’s playing career ended because of knee surgeries, so he became a student assistant and then graduate assistant for the Rams under Cinco Boone.
Texas Tech second baseman Jace Jung, utilityman Kurt Wilson and pitchers Brandon Birdsell, Chase Hampton and Andrew Devine are scheduled to sign autographs and take photos from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Martin Youth Sports Complex, FM 1585 and Milwaukee Avenue.
The charge for autographs and photos is $10. The proceeds go to the players, who are now allowed by state law and the NCAA to benefit from their use of their name, image and likeness.
An autographed baseball and other items will be awarded as door prizes for $5 per chance, an organizer said. A portion of those proceeds will go to Team Luke Hope for Minds as well as to the athletes.
The event is being put on by the Cooper Little League Showcase Fall Ball program.