Coach Bailey picked up his 227th win this past season and is the all-time winningest coach in Grace’s 54 years of basketball history. Over his ten seasons at GBC, the Tigers have averaged over 22 wins a year. Over the last ten seasons, the Tiger’s have a 153-27 record against NCCAA II teams nationally and an NCCAA II Regional record of 99-12.
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 twice more in 2014 and 2015. 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 10 years to coach 19 NCCAA Academic All-Americans, 31 NCCAA Midwest All-Region selections, 17 NCCAA All-Americans, 3 ACCA Academic All-Americans, 7 ACCA All-Americans and 11 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 as a Coach, Official, Manager, Organizer, Official Scorer and Fan. His involvement has included Baseball, Softball, Basketball and Football at the Jr. High, High School and Post High School levels for over 40 years now. Al enjoyed a career in Banking and teaching for 43 years until his retirement in December 2013. Al has a daughter, Son-in-law and 4 granddaughters living in Rockford, MI.
“I have reached the season in life where it is time to give back and help others. I never expected this time to be so rewarding. These young men are so appreciative, respectful and a total pleasure to be around. Our team devotionals led by Coach Karnemaat and Coach George are so inspirational, practical, rewarding and something I truly look forward to. The players and Coaching Staff never fail to thank me and appreciate all the little things I do.”
Brad is a student member of ACSM and NSCA, and he holds a CPR certification through the American Heart Association. He is currently studying for Performance Enhancement Specialist Certification through NASM. Brad is a former intern with Barwis Methods Strength and Conditioning, and is now co-owner of Titan Training Systems LLC. He has experience training many different levels, all the way up to professionals, as he assisted in training the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team in the summer of 2014.
He will be the head strength and conditioning coach for all 7 athletic programs here at Grace.