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Gary Powers
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Gary Powers

Hometown:
Reno, Nev.

Position:
Head Coach (1983-2013)

Experience:
31 years

Record:
937-762-5 (31 years)

05/20/2014

Nevada opens MW Championship versus Fresno State Wednesday

Pack earns fourth seed

05/14/2014

Nevada at UNLV in Governor's Series matchup to end regular season

Series starts Thursday night

05/09/2014

Nevada falls 5-4 to MW co-leader New Mexico

$1 hot dogs Saturday

05/08/2014

Nevada hosts MW co-leading New Mexico this weekend

Powers number 17 to be retired Friday

05/07/2014

Nevada defeats St. Mary's for 26th win

Pack hosts New Mexico this weekend

01/17/2013

Gary Powers talks with Ryan Radtke

Gary Powers talks with Ryan Radtke about life outside of baseball, including growing up in northern Nevada

04/17/2012

Gary Powers talks with Don Marchand

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.

04/13/2012

Gary Powers talks with Don Marchand

Gary Powers talks with Don Marchand following the Wolf Pack's win over Louisiana Tech on April 13, 2012.

04/13/2012

Gary Powers talks with Don Marchand

Gary Powers talks with Don Marchand about his approaching 900 career wins with the Wolf Pack. Powers currently stands at 897 wins.

03/15/2012

Gary Powers talks with Don Marchand

Gary Powers talks with Don Marchand following the Wolf Pack's 8-3 win over UC Irvine on March 15, 2012.

05/30/2013

Nevada Senior Day vs. UNLV

Nevada Senior Day vs. UNLV

05/29/2013

New Mexico at Nevada

New Mexico at Nevada

02/26/2013

Northern Illinois at Nevada

Northern Illinois at Nevada

04/20/2012

Nevada vs. Oregon State

Nevada vs. Oregon State

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.



Powers Coaching Milestones

Win No. Game Date
1 Nevada 5, Utah 4 March 4, 1983
100 Nevada 13, San Jose State 9 January 30, 1987
200 Nevada 9, San Diego State 8 April 14, 1990
300 Nevada 2, Pacific 1 April 9, 1993
400 Nevada 17, Cal Poly 1 March 18, 1996
500 Nevada 7, UC Santa Barbara 5 March 13, 1999
600 Nevada 4, Louisiana Tech 2 March 29, 2002
700 Nevada 20, Fresno State 7 May 29, 2005
800 Nevada 6, Oregon 5 March, 12, 2011
900 Nevada 10, San Francisco 5 April 12, 2012
Overall Conference
Year Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Wins Losses Ties Pct. Finish/Conference
1983 19 28 .404
10 17 .370 6th/NABC
1984 29 19 1 .606
14 15 .500 2nd/NABC
1985 26 26 .500
11 13 .458 5th/West Coast
1986 24 25 .490
11 9 .550 3rd/West Coast
1987 24 29 1 .453
8 14 1 .364 5th/West Coast
1988 27 29 .482
5 17 .227 6th/West Coast
1989 30 28 .516
12 12 .500 4th/West Coast
1990 31 22 .600
15 14 .517 3rd/West Coast
1991 24 33 .421
10 25 .286 6th/West Coast
1992 43 11 1 .791
- - - Independent
1993 28 19 1 .594
7 14 .333 7th/Big West
*1994 41 15 .732
16 5 .762 1st/Big West
1995 35 18 .660
12 9 .571 3rd/Big West
1996 30 19 .612
8 13 .381 5th/Big West
*1997 39 21 .650
20 10 .667 1st/Big West/Northern
1998 31 22 .585
17 10 .630 1st/Big West/Northern
*1999 38 20 .655
21 9 .700 2nd/Big West
*2000 38 19 .667
21 9 .700 T1st/Big West
2001 30 26 .536
17 19 .472 5th/WAC
2002 25 32 .439
10 20 .333 4th/WAC
2003 32 24 .571
19 10 .655 2nd/WAC
2004 30 29 .508
14 16 .467 3rd/WAC
2005 26 27 .491
15 15 .500

4th/WAC

2006 26 28 .481 11 12 .478

4th/WAC

2007 35 26 .574 15 9 .625

2nd/WAC

2008 34 26 .567 18 14 .563

2nd/WAC

2009 25 31 .446 10 13 .435

6th/WAC

2010 36 22 1 .610 14 9 1 .583

T2nd/WAC

2011 24 31 .436 12 12 .200

T3rd/WAC

2012 32 25 .561 11 7 .611

T1st/WAC

2013 25 32 .439 11 19 .367

5th/MWC

Totals 937 762 5 .551
395 395 2 .500 *4 NCAA Appearances
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