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Gary Powers talks with Don Marchand following the Wolf Pack's win over San Francisco. This win was number 900 in Powers' career as a head coach. All of his wins have been with Nevada.
Gary Powers talks with Don Marchand following the Wolf Pack's win over Louisiana Tech on April 13, 2012.
Gary Powers talks with Don Marchand about his approaching 900 career wins with the Wolf Pack. Powers currently stands at 897 wins.
Gary Powers talks with Don Marchand following the Wolf Pack's 8-3 win over UC Irvine on March 15, 2012.
Nevada head coach Gary Powers enters his 30th season of directing the Wolf Pack baseball program at his alma mater in 2012, which makes him the longest tenured coach in the history of the school. His 880 career wins, all coming at Nevada, ranks 25th among active Division I head coaches.
On March 12, 2010 the longtime coach reached yet another milestone as he won his 800th game when the Pack defeated Oregon 6-5. All 880 wins have come at Nevada. On the final day of the 2005 season the Wolf Pack defeated Fresno State 20-7 to give coach his 700th career victory.
In 1982, Powers returned to his alma mater to take over the reins of the Wolf Pack baseball program for which he played in 1970 and 1971. Powers has built the Pack into a one of the premier baseball programs in the West.
Offensively, the 2007 squad ranked 45th in the country with a .310 batting average, averaged 2.28 doubles per game to rank 15th in NCAA Division I baseball and turned 1.03 doubles plays per game which was 21st. The team set a school record with its 139 doubles on the year.
Under his leadership a pair of the Pack's players garnered two of the top honors in the WAC in 2007 as senior Ryan Rodriguez was named WAC Pitcher of the Year and first baseman Shaun Kort was chosen as the WAC Freshman of the Year. With Rodriguez' honor, a member of the Pack has now earned all four major WAC Awards as Kevin Kouzmanoff was the 2003 Player of the Year, Powers was the 2003 Co-Coach of the Year and Brett Hayes was the first Nevada player to earn WAC Freshman of the Year honors in 2003.
The 2008 team surpassed the 30 win mark going 34-26 overall and 18-14 in WAC play to finish in a tie for second place. The tie for second place marked the third time the Pack have finished second in the WAC regular season standings as the 2003 and 2007 teams also took second. The 2008 squad finished second at the season ending conference tournament just as the 2007 team had done.
For the second year in a row the school record for doubles was broken as the 143 in 2008 surpassed the 139 by the 2007 squad. Nationally the team ranked 17th in NCAA Division I averaging 2.38 doubles per as did the 143 total doubles. Defensively the team turned 73 double plays to rank third in the country and the 1.22 double plays per game also ranked third.
Nevada placed six members on the All-WAC team with pitcher Kyle Howe and third baseman Jason Rodriguez earning first team honors. First baseman Shaun Kort, relief pitcher Mario Rivera along with outfielders Matt Bowman and Mike Hale were selected to the second team. Rodriguez, Bowman along with pitchers Rod Scurry and Dan Eastham were selected in the MLB draft.
The Seattle Mariners selected three Pack pitchers on day two of the 2007 MLB draft. Ryan Rodriguez was taked in round 17 and Matt Renfree was selected seven rounds later in round 24. The Mariners waited until round 31 to pick Rod Scurry.
Seven members of the 2007 squad were named to either the All-WAC first or second team. Joining Ryan Rodriguez on the first team were outfielder Terry Walsh, designated hitter Baker Krukow and relief pitcher Matt Renfree. Kort along with Scurry and shortstop Chris Siewert were named to the second team.
The Pack bounced back from a rough 2009 season by posting a 36-22-1 record in 2010. Nevada finished second in the WAC and featured six all conference selections. LHP Brock Stassi was named the 2010 WAC Pitcher of the Year, earned first team All-WAC honors as a pitcher and second team All-WAC honors as a utility. Senior first baseman Shaun Kort earned first team all conference honors for the first time in his career after earning second team honors his first three years. RHP Jeremy Cole, RHP Tyler Graham, OF Nick Melino and OF Brian Barnett earned second team All-WAC honors.
Despite a disappointing 24-31 overall record in 2011, the Pack went 12-12 in conference play to tie for third place. The Pack played well down the stretch winning six of its last eight games and three of its last four at San Jose State to end the season. The three wins propelled Nevada into a tie for third place and locked them into the fourth seed of the WAC tournament. Five players earned all-conference honors as Brock Stassi was named first-team All-WAC first baseman, Brian Barnett and Nick Melino earned second-team honors as outfielders, freshman Braden Shipley earned second-team honors at shortstop and Troy Marks earned second-team starting pitcher honors. Brock Stassi was the only player from the 2011 squad drafted and was taken by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 33rd round.
In his 29 years of directing the Nevada baseball program, Coach Powers has taken four Wolf Pack teams to NCAA Regional appearances in 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2000, won over 875 games, earned three Big West Conference Coach of the Year awards, a WAC Co-Coach of the Year honor, claimed two BWC titles and two divisional titles.
He has produced 16 All-Americans, the last being RHP Tom Jameson who earned Freshman All-America honors in 2010. In 29 years, 139 players have earned all-conference honors, five players have garnered conference player of the year honors, and Major League Baseball has drafted 79 Nevada players.
Nevada has experienced just five losing seasons since 1991 and Powers has had 18 winning seasons and one .500 campaign in his 29 years, including a .680 winning percentage in the 1990's with eight straight winning seasons and three NCAA appearances in that decade. The Pack produced nine winning seasons during the 90's.
Powers guided his alma mater (B.S. 1971, M.S 1972) to its first-ever 40-win season in 1992 (43-11-1) and duplicated that in 1994 (41-15). Also in 1994 he guided the Pack to the school's first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Nevada qualified for the NCAA Tournament again in 1997 and made back-to-back appearances in 1999 and 2000. In 1999, Nevada went deeper into the NCAA Regionals than ever before, going 2-2 at the Stanford Regional.
During the 1998 season, Nevada dropped No. 1-ranked Stanford, No. 7 Wichita State, No. 13 Cal State Fullerton, No. 17 Long Beach, and No. 27 Pepperdine, giving the team one of its most successful seasons against ranked opponents in the history of Wolf Pack baseball.
Powers' dedication has helped Nevada rank among the nation's elite, reaching as high as No. 6 in Collegiate Baseball in 1994 and winning 30 or more games eight times in the 1990's. Nevada has won 30 or more games in 15 of the last 21 years which includes 43 wins in 1992 and 41 in 1994.
In fact, Nevada ranked in the top 40 in the decade of the 1990's in winning percentage while playing in one of the top baseball conferences in the country, the Big West.
The team approach was most visible in 1997, when the team set 16 team-oriented records and earned several spots in the NCAA record book. The 1997 Wolf Pack led the nation in double plays, double plays per game, and established the record for most batters hit by a pitch.
In 1998, the team again led the nation in double plays, marking the first time since the NCAA started keeping such a record that one team has led the nation in double plays in back-to-back years. The 2000 squad ranked in the top 10 in five categories, led by a number four ranking in team batting average (.342) and Joe Inglett led the individual rankings as Nevada had three players in four categories. The All-American finished in the runner-up spot in runs scored (1.49).
School records set included batting average and fielding percentage (.970) to go with the new attendance mark (1,365). The 2003 squad tied the 2000 squads fielding percentage mark of .970.