Nate Teymer knows what it takes to build a basketball program from the ground up. Now in his fourth season at the helm of the Lady Jaguar 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 ASU to a 4-0 start in his first year en route to an 8-18 overall record. A season later, in 2011-12, the Lady 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 ASU to a 21-5 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 Lady 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, 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.
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 Augusta State 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 Lady Jaguars with the direction and leadership necessary to be competitive in the Peach Belt Conference, the Southeast Region and at a national level. 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 at Augusta State University.”
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.
Courtney Boyd is in her first season with the Lady Jaguar Women’s Basketball program as the top assistant to head coach Nate Teymer.
Boyd, who will aide Teymer with all aspects of the ASU Women’s Basketball program, spent last season as an assistant coach at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. She helped guide the Vikings to the best season in school history (30-6) that included a 20-game winning streak. GVU captured the NAIA Midwest Collegiate Conference’s regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the Elite Eight.
“Courtney brings to the table a wealth of experience and a passion for the game of basketball that will be very contagious,” Teymer said. “Her personality and determination will attract some outstanding student-athletes to our Women’s Basketball family.”
Boyd prepped at Keokuk (Iowa) High School and earned her B.S. in Elementary Education in 2009 from Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. Boyd set the Red Storm school record for 3-pointers in a game in 2008 and was named the DSC Female Student-Athlete of the Year following her senior season in 2009.
Boyd, 26, won a national championship in 2007 as the starting point guard for Kirkwood (Iowa) Community College. She will pursue a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from ASU.
Amber Peterson is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Lady Jaguar Women’s Basketball program. She is serving as a volunteer student assistant coach while completing requirements for her undergraduate degree in Sociology.
Peterson, a former Lady Jaguar long-range bomber, played for head coach Nate Teymer during the 2011-12 season. She appeared in all 27 games and made eight starts. She ranked third on the team in scoring at 7.3 ppg., and she led the squad in 3-pointers made (51) and in 3-point field goal percentage (.432). Her 3-point field goal percentage led the Peach Belt Conference and she ranked fifth in the league in 3-pointers made.