Plainview Native Named New Flying Queens Coach

PLAINVIEW, TX---Wayland Baptist University has announced the hiring of Tory Bryant as head coach of the Flying Queens basketball program.  Bryant, the head girl’s basketball coach at Trinity Christian High School in Lubbock, becomes the 12th head coach in Queen's history.

"I am very pleased to announce that Tory Bryant is the new head coach of the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens," says Dr. Greg Feris, Director of Athletics at WBU.  "I’m excited that he has agreed to join the Wayland family, and we look forward to the energy he brings to this historic program.”

Bryant is a Plainview native and a 1994 graduate of Plainview High School where he was a member of the 1994 Class 5A State Championship basketball team coached by the legendary Carl Irlbeck.  In his three seasons at Trinity Christian, he has compiled a 96-19 record and won two TAPPS Class 4A State Championships.  He was named the 2005-06 TAPPS District 1-4A Coach of the Year and the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s All-City Coach of the Year.  This past season, the Lady Lions were 31-8 and advanced to the TAPPS Class 5A State title game.

Prior to his time in Lubbock, Bryant served as assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Texas at Arlington from July 2001 to July 2004.  He was the Lady Maverick’s recruiting coordinator and managed the year round strength and conditioning program. 

Feris says that Bryant’s name surfaced very early in the search process, and after the committee reviewed a large field of candidates, it was obvious why. “Coach Bryant brings to the university everything that we are looking for in a coach.  He has been a highly regarded recruiter both at the NCAA Division I and II levels.  He has strong West Texas roots and is well connected to the state’s high school coaches.  His success at Trinity Christian High School---on the basketball court, in the classroom and with the people of Lubbock---speaks for itself.  On top of all that he’s a Plainview native whom we welcome home.”

Bryant played basketball at Sul Ross State University for two seasons, before transferring to Texas Tech, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports and Science in 1999.  He was a student assistant and head junior varsity coach at Lubbock Christian University from 1998-1999, and then moved on to West Texas A&M University.  A graduate assistant for the Lady Buffs basketball team for two years where he served as recruiting coordinator and was in charge of scouting and tournament and pre-conference scheduling, Bryant received his Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in August of 2001 from WTA&MU.   

Bryant is excited about moving his family, which includes wife, Lee, and daughter, Devyn, who is 17 months, back to his hometown.  "I’m looking forward to the great opportunity that lies before me.  Coming back to the place I was raised is a dream come true.  I grew up around the great tradition of Flying Queens basketball, and I want to help restore that tradition and put it back on the national level.  It is truly an honor to be a part of such a storied program.”

Bryant will begin his duties as the Flying Queens head coach on April 16.