Nate Teymer knows what it takes to build a basketball program from the ground up. Now in his fifth season at the helm of the women’s basketball program, that’s exactly what he’s done.
Teymer (pronounced TEE-mer) inherited a squad that combined for five wins the previous two seasons and guided GRU Augusta to a 4-0 start in his first year en route to an 8-18 overall record. A season later, in 2011-12, the Jags improved to 12-15 and enjoyed a six-game winning streak, the longest since the 2007-08 season.
During the 2012-13 season in his third year at the helm, Teymer transformed a program that won just one game three years ago into a No. 1 seed for the PBC Tournament and an eighth-ranked team in the NCAA Southeast Region Poll. Teymer guided GRU to a 21-6 overall record and a 14-5 mark in the Peach Belt Conference play to earn the PBC Coach of the Year honor. The 14 conference victories marked two more wins than the previous four seasons combined (12). The Jags’ 8-0 start was the best start in program history and 13-2 and 14-2 were reached for the first time.
Under Teymer’s watch, GRU 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.
Teymer was introduced as the eighth head coach in the program’s 37-year history on April 1, 2010 at a press conference in The Towers inside Washington Hall on the main campus of Georgia Regents University.
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.
“We had tremendous interest in our search,” Bryant said. “We brought five outstanding candidates to our campus, each of whom is capable of resurrecting our program. I am confident, after much contemplation and deliberation, that we have found an excellent coach with a proven track record of success. Nate possesses all the tools to provide the Jaguars with the direction and leadership necessary to be competitive. The job he’s done at Southern Tech in all areas of coaching is a testimony to his abilities and an indication of what we think he can do here.”
Named the 2009-10 NAIA National Coach-Of-The-Year, Teymer guided the Lady Hornets to a 90-67 overall record, including an 85-45 mark in his last four seasons. SPSU tied or set a school record for wins in a season in each of the last four seasons and was ranked No. 18 in the nation in the final poll of the season.
Teymer guided the Lady Hornets to the Sweet 16 of the NAIA National Tournament in March and to the best start in school history (16-0). He earned Southern States Athletic Conference Coach-Of-The-Year honors as well as NAIA Region 6 Coach-Of-The-Year honors. Under Teymer, the Lady Hornets’ program produced its first-All-America selection in Marisa Stotler while Crystal Davis was named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
A native of Urbandale, Iowa, Teymer earned a B.A. in Secondary Education from Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa in 1999 and received his M. Ed. in Health and Physical Education 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 at Grand View College.
On Friday, June 12, Teymer married the former Phylicia Proctor in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The two reside in Augusta, Ga.
Special Jennings was named the new assistant coach on July 8, 2014 for the GRU Augusta women’s basketball program and she is beginning her second year with the Jaguars.
Starting in the 2014-15 season, the Jags gained an individual with immense knowledge of the game through her playing career at Xavier and during her time as a director and instructor at Point Guard College Basketball.
Jennings replaced former assistant coach Courtney Boyd, who spent two years as Teymer's top aide before taking the head women's basketball coaching job at AIB College of Business in Des Moines, Iowa.
"Our basketball family is very fortunate to have Special Jennings on our staff," Teymer said. "She is a rising star in the coaching profession and Special will bring a great deal of energy and passion to the game of basketball that will be very contagious. I am really excited about having Coach Jennings joining our staff."
Jennings spent the 2013-14 season as the administrative assistant to the women's basketball program at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. The Raiders went 26-9 last year and posted a 12-4 mark in the Horizon league, while reaching the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Lexington, Ken. Jennings handled all video aspects for the Wright State women's basketball program and managed and coordinated all practices. Prior to her one-year stint at WSU, Jennings competed overseas with FIBA Europe, after she ended her stellar career at Xavier from 2007-2011.
As a Musketeer guard, Jennings competed in 131 career games and earned 115 consecutive starts. She tied for fourth on Xavier's all-time assists list with 515 and sits fifth all-time for free throw percentage (.773). Jennings earned All-Atlantic 10 second team honors following the 2009-10 season and third team honors in 2010-11, reaching three Atlantic 10 Tournament Championships in her four years and making 15 3-point field goals during those contests. Aside from Xavier, Jennings also served as Director of Basketball at TheSphere and as an instructor with PGC Basketball in 2011.