Former University of Nevada head baseball coach Gary Powers was honored at the recently held Bobby Dolan Baseball Dinner for his 31 years leading the Wolf Pack baseball program. Powers said a few words to the crowd of over 600 in attendance, at a dinner he started 30 years ago to raise funds for the Pack baseball program. He received a standing ovation from crowd.
Powers' #17 was retired and a banner was unveiled that will hang on the Peccole Park wall along with the many Major League Players that played for the Pack, many during his tenure.
In his 31 years Powers won 937 games, earned conference coach of the year honors four times, led the Pack to four NCAA Tournament appearances, won three conference titles and two division titles. He coached 17 players that played Major League Baseball, produced 17 all-Americans, 141 all-conference selections, four conference players of the year, three conference pitchers of the year and three conference freshman of the year. MLB drafted over 75 of his players and over 90 played professional baseball.
In 31 years Powers had 20 winning seasons and won 30 or more games 17 times including seven years in a row. Twice he guided the Wolf Pack to 40 win seasons with a school record 43 coming in 1992.
In addition to coaching the Pack he played baseball at Nevada. Powers earned bachelors and masters degrees from Nevada.