Gary Powers, the longest tenured coach in the history of Nevada athletics retired following the 2013 season. Powers posted a career-record of 937-762-5 in 31 seasons leading the Wolf Pack baseball program. All 937 wins came leading the Pack and ranked 21st among active coaches in his final season.
Powers took over the Wolf Pack baseball program on July 1, 1982 and won his first game on March 4, 1983 with a 5-4 victory over Utah. His 900th win was a 10-5 victory at home against San Francisco on Apr. 12, 2012. On May 22 he won his final game leading the program as the Pack won 4-3 in 12 innings at Fresno State in the first round of the Mountain West Championship.
In 1989 the Pack won 30 games for the first time under his direction and would accomplish the feat 16 more times, including a pair of 40 wins seasons and eight years of 35 or more victories. From 1994 to 2001 the Pack won 30 or more games, a stretch of eight seasons.
The 1992 squad won a school record 43 games and was 43-11-1 playing an independent schedule.
In 1994 he led the Pack to 40 wins for the second time going 41-15 and 16-5 in the Big West to win the conference title. The 1994 season also marked the first of four NCAA Championship appearances for a Powers led Nevada baseball team. The Pack made trips to the NCAA Championship in 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2000. The Pack posted 20 winning seasons and 10 in a row from 1992-01.
During his tenure the Pack produced 17 All-America players, 141 all-conference selections, four conference players of the year, three pitchers of the year and three freshman of the year. Mark Lewis (1994), Andy Dominque (1997), Joe Inglett (2000) and Kevin Kouzmanoff (2003) earned conference player of the year honors while Ryan Rodriguez (2003) and Braden Shipley (2011-12) twice were pitcher of the year selections. Larry Beinfest (1983), Brett Hayes (2003) and Shaun Kort (2007) were conference freshman of the year honorees.
Over 75 players have been drafted by Major League Baseball during his time at Nevada and over 90 have played professional baseball at various levels. Powers coached 17 players that played Major League Baseball; Rob Richie, Shawn Barton, Chris Singleton, Corky Miller, Lyle Overbay, Andy Dominque, Chad Qualls, Ryan Church, Chris Prieto, Darrell Rasner, Joe Inglett, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Eddie Bonine, Chris Dickerson, Brett Hayes, Chris Gimenez and Konrad Schmidt.
Four times he earned conference coach of the year honors; 1994, 1999 and 2000 while coaching in the Big West and 2003 while the Wolf Pack was a member of the Western Athletic Conference. He led Nevada to three conference titles and two division titles. The Pack captured the Big West in 1994 and 2000 and division titles in 1997 and 1998. In 2012 Nevada shared the Western Athletic Conference regualar season championship.
Coaching Career Following his playing career at Nevada, Powers became a graduate assistant for football and baseball in 1971.
His first head coaching experience came in 1973 when he was named skipper at Incline High School in Incline, Nev.
Four years later, Powers moved to Wooster High School in Reno, where he guided the Colts to prominence at the state level.
In 1981, Powers assumed his first collegiate head coaching position when he took over a Shasta College (Redding, Calif.) program that had won only three games the previous year. Powers immediately turned out a winner, guiding Shasta to a 17-12 record in `81 and a 33-27 mark in two years before accepting the Nevada job.
Playing Career An all-around athlete at Douglas High School in Minden, Nev., Powers was a two-year starting pitcher at Nevada from 1970-71. In the Wolf Pack's first year at the Division I level (1970), Powers set team records for appearances and innings pitched.
Powers achieved his undergraduate degree in physical education in 1971, with a minor in math. He earned his master's in school administration at Nevada in 1972.