Coach Bailey picked up his 207th win this past season and is the all-time winningest coach in Grace’s 52 years of basketball history. Over his nine seasons at GBC, the Tigers have averaged 24 wins a year. Over the last nine seasons, the Tiger’s have a 138-25 record against NCCAA II teams nationally and an NCCAA II Regional record of 85-12.
In 2010-11, Bailey earned his 4th consecutive “NCCAA II Midwest Regional Coach of the Year Award.” He was named Regional Coach of the Year once again in 2014. In 2009 & 2011, Bailey was honored with the “NCCAA National Coach of The Year” award. In 2011 he was also selected as the CCSN (Christian College Sports Network) Coach of the Year and the BCAM (Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan) Coach of the Year as the top college coach in the state of Michigan for 2011. This past season Bailey was invited to coach the Senior All Stars in the Champions of Character game against the area professional players. He was honored by receiving the Glenn VanWieren Coaching Award in 2012.
Bailey was selected to the Grace Bible College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
Coach Bailey has had the privilege over the last 9 years to coach 16 NCCAA Academic All-Americans, 28 NCCAA Midwest All-Region selections, 15 NCCAA All-Americans, 3 ACCA Academic All-Americans, 7 ACCA All-Americans and 9 players named to National All-Tournament Teams and 5 players selected as the National Tournament MVP.
Bailey comes to Grace with a strong winning tradition. As a player at Wheelersburg High School in Southern Ohio, he helped the “Pirates” to a 64-4 record over four years. Upon graduation, he played at Jordan College where he helped the Suns to winning records from 1978-1982. Assistant Coach Dan George recruited and signed Coach Bailey as a scholarship athlete at Jordan. The two have remained friends since. While employed by Pineview Boys Home in Evart, MI, he took over the head coaching duties where he compiled a record of 153-31 over eight years.
Dan George begins his 10th season with the Tigers in 2014-15. Coach George has a unique connection to the program as he was head coach at Jordan College, and recruited, signed, and coached the Tigers’ Head Coach Gary Bailey in 1978-82. The two have remained friends over the years and Bailey knew who to turn to for assistance when he took over the helm of the Tigers in 2005.
In the nine years the two have been together at Grace, the Tigers have won seven regional championships and five national championships. “When Gary took the head coaching position at Grace in 2005 I was flattered that he asked me to come help him,” said Coach George. “I said, ‘OK, I’ll do it for a year.’ And then we won a regional and national championship that first year, and I was hooked on working with this team and being a part of the Grace atmosphere. I told Coach Bailey I would stay as long as he wanted me.”
Coach George has served in several capacities over the last nine years. He assisted Coach Bailey with game management and he has always had a passion for teaching and developing defensive skills. He has also teamed with Coach Kent Karnemaat in the team’s “Champions to the Core” initiative. He will continue to assist in all those areas but his focus this year is to pursue a long time passion and team need to develop and implement a new program for game preparation and analysis. “Dan brings strong leadership skills and great basketball knowledge to our program,” said Coach Bailey, “but it is his passion for assisting young men in the development of character and life skills that we value most.”
Dan played high school ball at Walton Central School in Walton, New York and college basketball at Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York. He served as athletic director and head basketball coach at Jordan College where his teams were nationally ranked. An avid sportsman and conservationist, Dan enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping and he owns an outdoor adventure consulting/booking business, Quest Expeditions, offering worldwide hunting and fishing adventures. Dan received a B.A. in History from Hartwick College in 1974 and a M.A. in Education from Michigan State University in 1980. He currently serves as the Superintendent/School Leader at Creative Technologies Academy in Cedar Springs, Michigan where he lives with his wife, Debi, and daughter, Dani, and son, Hunter.
Lee is married to Carolyn Ash, (20 years), and has three sons; Austin, Brandon and Cameron Lee and has family reside in Rockford, Michigan.
Before coming to Grace, Kent was the coach for the Quad City Mustangs in Fremont. While with the Mustangs, a West Michigan Home School team, Kent compiled a record of 55-33. Kent has had two sons play for Grace, Nathan, who graduated from Grace and Trent, a senior on this year’s team. “Grace offers a basketball opportunity at a great level”, said Karnemaat. “I look forward to working with the coaching staff and learning from them. To be as passionate about basketball as Grace is, and still maintain a more than life attitude, is certainly something I want to be a part of.” Kent has been sharing life with his wife Kimberly for 25 years. They enjoy life together in Fremont with their 9 children. As a family, the Karnemaat’s enjoy traveling, anything done outdoors, and Tiger Basketball!
Al has spent the majority of his adult life involved with youth sports. He officiated high school basketball for many years during the mid 70’s and 80’s in the Lansing area during the Magic Johnson era. He began coaching baseball at the jr. high and sr. high level and moved on to coaching college age baseball all-star teams. He has served youth sports in football, basketball, and baseball as an official, coach, official scorer, manager, and organizer for almost 40 years.
Al has three adult children and six grandchildren. He worked in the banking industry for the past 43 years. “My activities keep me young and active. “My involvement with the Grace basketball program has been a joy. For me to be involved with such an elite program with a team of the best young men I have ever had the privilege to be around is an absolute thrill. They are not just great athletes and talented basketball players, they are also men of integrity and champions to the core.” – Al Stout