Share |
Nick Gayes
Position: Diving Coach
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
Alma Mater: Ball State
Graduating Year: 2003
Major: Journalism
Experience: 3 Years
Phone: 765.285.5141
Gayes Photos
Nick Gayes Bio
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 09/05/2013

Gayes joined the Ball State swimming and diving coaching staff in September of 2013 after a five-year stint as an assistant coach for Sun Devil Divers in Tempe, Ariz. and has since completed his second successful season with the Cardinals. 

Throughout the 2014-15 season, Gayes led the Ball State divers to record-setting scores. Madie Zirzow rounded out the Mid-American Conference championships with a 10th place finish on the 3m and 11th place finish on the 1m, while Quinn Bixler earned a pair of 12th place finishes. Under Gayes leadership, Zirzow and Brittany Penn became the first pair of Cardinals to qualify for NCAA Diving Zones since the 2011-2012 season, while Zirzow posted the highest Ball State finish at Zones since 2010 with her 26th place finish on the 1m. Zirzow, Penn and Bixler all posted scores which placed them in the Ball State All-Time Top 10 record book over the course of the 2014-15 season. In addition to their success in the pool, both Penn and Bixler were awarded Academic All-MAC honors.

In his first season at Ball State, Gayes led senior Jake Brehmer to one of the best campaigns in school history. Brehmer put his name in the Cardinals’ record book ranking second on the 3m and third on the 1m. He became the first Ball State male diver to qualify for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships since 2007 and the first to finish in the Top 8 at the MAC Championships in the same span. Brehmer was named team MVP and Ball State’s Comeback Student-Athlete of the Year.

During his tenure with the Sun Devil Divers, Gayes worked to develop athletes from elementary-age through collegiate All-Americans on the springboard and platform. Gayes helped produce multiple Junior Zone, high school state, National and Senior National qualifiers. 

Gayes has six years of coaching experience at the high school level having coached at McClintock High School in Temple, Ariz., for three years and at Delta High School in Muncie for three years. During his time at the prep level, Gayes coached state qualifiers, medalists and All-American qualifiers.

The Indianapolis native also spent time as an assistant and head coach of Ray's Rippers Diving club based out of Indianapolis.

During his coaching career, Gayes has helped develop divers that have gone on to compete collegiately at Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, BYU, Denison, Idaho, Illinois State, Miami (OH), Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Northern Arizona and Western Kentucky to name a few.

Gayes is a 2003 graduate of Ball State University where he majored in journalism and is in the process of completing his masters degree in athletic coaching education. He and his wife, Kari, have one daughter, Katharine and one son, Niko.

Sports Link: Katie Horn (Women's Swimming)
Student Athlete of the Week: Quinn Bixler
SL TV: InFocus (Jamie Denlinger & Madie Zirzow)
SL TV: Cardinal Ink (Swimming & Diving)
Ball State Sports Link: Haley Richter (Swimming)
Ball State Sports Link: Changing of the Guard
Highlights from Ball State Women's Swimming and...
Coach Laura Seibold-Caudill: 33 Years Of Coaching
SL-IN FOCUS: Nicole Saulters (Swimming)
Sports Link Special: Swimming's Freshman Record...
Ball State All Access
Meineke Car Care
Uploaded Ad
Uploaded Ad
Uploaded Ad
Uploaded Ad
A-1 Graphics
American Chevrolet
Burger King
Cousin Vinnys
Dillman's Furniture
Discount Tire
Holiday Inn Express
Jimmy John's
Johnny Carino's
Muncie Auto Group
Mutual Bank
Peak Property Group
Sam Pierce Chevrolet
Shane Co.
Tom Raper RV
Victory Honda
Village Promenade
MacAllister Rentals
A-1 For Fun
Baskin Robins
Prime Trust
Sport Clips
T.I.S. Bookstore
Advanced Signs
Cambria Hotels and Suites
Central Indiana Orthopedic
Coldwell Banker
Cooper Tires
Downtown Muncie Red
Intrust Bank
McCoy Ford-Lincoln
Papa John's
Reynold's Farm Equipment
Terrance Smith Distributing
Texas Roadhouse
University Avenue Dental
Windermere Place