After a nine year tenure that saw 136 wins as head coach of the women’s basketball program, Casi Bays has stepped down, the school announced on Monday.
“We’re very appreciative of Casi’s contributions to OBU basketball, both as a coach and as a player,” said OBU director of athletics Robert Davenport. “We certainly wish the best for her and her family.”
Bays oversaw the transition of the program from NAIA to NCAA Division II, and led OBU to a postseason appearance in the the National Christian College Athletic Association national tournament, finishing third.
Bays saw a tremendous amount of success in the NAIA and the Sooner Athletic Conference.
In her second season at the helm, Bays was named Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Bison to a 28-6 record, finishing second in the SAC regular season with a 17-3 conference record. The Bison won the conference tournament for the first time in program history and returned to the NAIA National Tournament after a three year absence.
The Bison reached the NAIA Quarterfinals under Coach Bays in 2015, finishing with a record of 27-6 overall and 15-3 in the conference.
Prior to assuming the head coaching position, Bays also spent two seasons as an assistant coach under John McCullough which included an appearance in the Final Four during the 2010 season.
As a player at OBU from 1999-2002, she was Sooner Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and a four-time All-Conference selection.
She earned second-team NAIA All-America honors as a senior and NAIA All-America honorable mention her junior year. Bays broke the OBU record for three-pointers in a game (10) in her sophomore season and the SAC career three-point record with 378. She ended her career fifth on the OBU all-time scoring list with 1,879 points.
A national search for the next head women’s basketball coach will begin immediately.DII Oklahoma Baptist