Patrick Gayle was named the head men’s basketball coach at Albany State University on July 10, 2018. He becomes the seventh coach in the program’s history.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Gayle joins the staff at Albany State after a successful thirteen year run as an assistant and most recently, the head coach at St. Thomas University in Miami, Gardens Florida. From 2008-2012 he was an assistant before being promoted in July of 2012 where he went on to compile an overall record of 125-51 over six seasons as the head coach. In his first three years at the helm of the program, Gayle guided the Bobcats to the NAIA Division II Tournament advancing to the Sweet 16 in twice (2013, 2014). He was twice named Sun Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Bobcats to Sun Conference Regular Season titles during the 2013-2014 and 2017-2018 seasons.
In his first full season as Head Coach at St. Thomas, Gayle led the Bobcats to an NAIA National Championship Tournament appearance. His team finished the 2012-13 season with a 21-12 overall record and a strong 10-7 record in the Sun Conference. He followed that with a 26-7 overall record and a 16-2 conference mark in 2013-14 capped by a return trip to the National Championship Tournament. At the 2013-14 tournament, Gayle led the Bobcats to a 75-72 win over Union (Ky.) in the NAIA tournament. In the 2014-15 season, the Bobcats made their fourth straight trip (third straight under Gayle) to the NAIA Championships.
The 2015-16 season featured wins over highly ranked national opponents Warner (ranked 7th at the time) and Keiser (also ranked 7th) in route to an 18-10 overall record and an 11-5 Sun Conference mark.
The 2016-17 season brought a 20-9 regular season record, along with an 11-5 Sun Conference record. The Bobcats opened the season on a hot 8-0 start, including wins over NCAA DII opponent Nova Southeastern and a three-game sweep over the top teams at the NAIA Southeastern Challenge. The Bobcats finished the year ranked third in The Sun Conference regular season. 2017 also marked a milestone for Coach Gayle who surpassed the 100 career win mark with a regular season victory over conference opponents Ave Maria in early February.
Gayle took over as Head Coach following four seasons as Assistant Coach with Coach Clark Maloney with the Bobcats going 69-49 with Gayle on the staff. Prior to St. Thomas, He was an Assistant Coach at Tiffin University (Ohio), Creekside HS in Fairburn, Ga., and Nova HS in Davie, Fla. At Creekside, Gayle coached Kevin Murphy, a 2012 second-round draft pick of the Utah Jazz out of Tennessee Tech.
His team also made history during the 2013-2014 season as they set a new school record for wins (26). During his tenure at St. Thomas, his program produced twelve All-Conference players, three All-Defensive team honorees, six NAIA All-Americans and three Dean’s List Student-Athletes. Gayle’s efforts were acknowledged by his peers as he was recently honored as the 2018 St. Thomas University Staff Member of the Year.
Gayle is a strong believer in giving back and through the NAIA Champions of Character program was active with youth programs around the community. He has worked with the Dwyane Wade Basketball Camp, where he was named the 2011 Coach of the Camp. In his tenth year as a teacher with experience in the Miami-Dade and Broward school systems, Gayle was Lead Teacher for STEM Math at Margate Middle School in Margate, Fla.
He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Memphis in 2002 and completed his M.B.A in 2007 from Tiffin University. Gayle and his wife Sherida have four children Sanai, Asaya, Solomon and Asahel.
Albany State University Head Men's Basketball Coach Patrick Gayle is pleased to announce the hiring of Adrian White as Assistant Coach of the men's basketball team.
"I am incredibly humbled and honored that Coach Gayle and the ASU administration have chosen me to serve as the assistant coach of the program," White said. "I am truly blessed for this opportunity to join the Golden Rams family, and work for a program with a tradition of excellence both on the court and in the classroom."
White comes to ASU from St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla., where he has served as the Interim Head Basketball Coach last season. Under White's guidance, the Bobcats finished with a 11-17 overall record and 10-8 in conference play, while being nationally ranked no. 25 in the NAIA Division I poll.
"We're extremely excited to add Coach White to our ASU Men's Basketball family," Coach Gayle said. "Adrian is one of the best up-and-coming coaches in the state of Florida, and his connections at the high school and junior college levels will prove to be beneficial in recruiting. He's an outstanding coach, and will help our program from the moment he steps on campus."
Prior to his interim head coaching position at St. Thomas University, White served as an associate head coach for the 2017-18 season. Adrian also served as a volunteer coach during the 2016-17 season at STU.
White played collegiately at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Fla. from 2007-2019 and 2010-2012.
White earned his bachelor's degree in communication with a concentration in public relations from Florida Memorial University in 2013.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Hewitt will join the coaching staff at Albany State University. He is a native of Florida. He began his coaching career in 2013 as a trainer with Press On Sports, Hollywood, FL. He was an intern basketball coach at St. Thomas University August 2017 - December 2017.
Hewitt started his basketball career at the age of seven (7), playing with the City of Miramar Recreation Team. Hewitt went on to play for many Police Athletic League (PAL) teams and also AAU teams. During his middle school career as a player he was selected to play on the varsity basketball team at American Heritage, Plantation, FL. He went on to graduate from University School where he was a standout player.
While earning his bachelor’s degree in Sport’s Administration, Hewitt played for the Men’s Basketball team from 2014-2018. He had a total of seventy-eight (78) wins, and attended national three (3) times. He graduated May 2018 with a bachelors in Sports Administration.
In 2016-17, Hewitt helped lead St. Thomas to a record of 20-9 overall, 11-5 in the Sun Conference, and 4th overall. He was second in the nation in steals per game, 5th in total steals and 6th overall in assists per game, was named Defensive Player of the year in the Sun Conference.
In 2017-18, Hewitt helped lead St. Thomas to a record of 23-8 overall, 16-2 in the Sun Conference, winning the conference regular season title. He was also named Defensive Player of the year in the Sun Conference.