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

Nick Gayes enters his fourth season as the diving coach for the Ball State swimming & diving program in 2016-17. He oversees the divers for both the men's and women's teams, and has helped his student-athletes earn several trips to the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. 

Gayes joined the Ball State swimming & diving program in September of 2013 as a part-time coach, and was elevated to a full-time position following the 2014-15 campaign.

Under Gayes leadership, the Ball State women’s program has sent a pair of divers to the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in each of the last two seasons.

Under his guidance, Madie Zirzow, Britany Penn and Quinn Bixler all posted scores which place them in the top 10 in Ball State’s individual record book. In addition to their success in the diving well, the three were joined by Taylor Fiew in earning Academic All-MAC honors over their careers. Both Penn and Bixler have garnered Academic All-America honors in Muncie.

In his first season at Ball State, Gayes led men’s senior diver Jake Brehmer to one of the best campaigns in school history. Brehmer etched his name in the Cardinals’ record book ranking second on the 3-meter and third on the 1-meter. 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 eight at the Mid-American Conference Championships in the same span. Brehmer was named team MVP and Ball State’s Comeback Student-Athlete of the Year.

Prior to joining the Ball State coaching staff, Gayes spent five seasons as an assistant coach for the Sun Devil Divers at Arizona State. During his time in Tempe, Gayes worked to develop athletes from elementary-age through collegiate All-Americans on the springboard and platform.


Another highlight of Gayes time in Arizona was working with Sam Dorman, the NCAA Division I record holder (3-meter), the 2015 NCAA National Champion (3-meter) and a 2016 Olympian (3m Synchro).


Gayes also 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, Arizona State, 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.

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