Bayer Honored for Wins Record

Arkansas Tech’s Kristy Bayer was honored on Tuesday night for becoming the Golden Suns’ all-time leader in volleyball head coaching victories.

She was presented with a commemorative game ball by Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robert C. Brown (middle right), Mrs. Jill Brown (far right) and Tech Director of Athletics Steve Mullins (far left) before Tech’s match against Ouachita Baptist.

Bayer broke the school record on Sept. 4 with a 3-2 victory over Northwest Nazarene. It was her 138th win as Arkansas Tech head volleyball coach, breaking the previous record of 137 wins set by Tracy McWilliams from 1996-2000.

Bayer became the Arkansas Tech head coach in 2004. She inherited a program that was 4-25 in the year before her arrival and quickly returned the Golden Suns to the upper echelon of the GSC West Division.

Bayer’s career record at Tech is now 148-79. She has guided the Suns to five GSC Tournament berths in the last six years and the 2008 GSC West Division championship.

Bayer earned her Bachelor of Arts (2001) and Master of Education (2003) degrees from Grand Valley State University, where she was a four-year starter on the volleyball team. She recorded a school-record 5,441 assists and was named All-America in 2000.

Bayer was inducted into the Grand Valley State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.

The Golden Suns (13-3) will continue their 2010 volleyball schedule on Thursday, Sept. 23, when they visit Southern Arkansas for a Gulf South Conference match in Magnolia.