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Nick Gayes
Position: Diving Coach
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
Alma Mater: Ball State
Graduating Year: 2003
Major: Journalism
Experience: 1 Year
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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. In his first season Gayes led senior Jake Brehmer to one of the best campaigns in school history. Brehmer put his name in the Cardinals’ record book ranking 2nd on 3m and 3rd on 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. He and his wife, Kari, have one daughter, Katharine.