Tuesday, March 5, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State women’s basketball head coach Nate Teymer was named the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year Tuesday afternoon according to an announcement from the conference’s headquarters in Martinez, Ga.
Teymer (pronounced TEE-mer) has transformed a program that won just one game three years ago into a No. 1 seed for the upcoming PBC Tournament. In his third year at the helm of the Lady Jaguars, Teymer guided ASU to a 21-5 overall record and a 14-5 mark in conference play. The 14 victories marked two more wins than the previous four seasons combined (12).
Under Teymer’s watch, ASU enjoyed its first 20-win season since 2007-08 and earned the PBC East Division’s No. 1 seed for the first time since the 2003 tourney. The Jaguars clinched the league’s East Division title and cracked the national rankings for three weeks, marking the program’s first appearance in the national poll since the 2003-04 season.
The team is also ranked eighth in the latest NCAA Southeast Region poll and may be poised to make its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008. With the award, Teymer became the first Augusta State women's coach to win the Coach of the Year honor since Lowell Barnhart captured it twice (1991-92 and 1994-95).
The Lady Jags are making their second straight appearance in the conference tournament after failing to advance to the tourney the previous two seasons. ASU closed the 2012-13 regular season on Saturday, March 2 with a 71-68 overtime victory at Flagler.
Teymer was introduced as ASU’s eighth head coach in program history on April 1, 2010. The former head coach of Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga., Teymer spent five seasons at the helm of the Lady Hornets’ program. He oversaw SPSU’s resurgence, taking the squad from a 5-22 record in his first season in 2005-06 to a school-record 30-5 mark in 2009-10 and the school’s first-ever NAIA National Tournament appearance. For his efforts, he was named the 2009-10 NAIA National Coach of the Year.
A native of Urbandale, Iowa, Teymer is a 1999 graduate of Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. He followed with his Master’s degree from Georgia Southwestern in 2002. He served two seasons as assistant men’s basketball coach from 2003-05 at Shorter College in Rome, Ga., and served stints as an assistant men’s and women’s coach at Georgia Southwestern and Grand View.