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Patrick Gayle
Head Coach

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.


Ernest Shand
Assistant Coach

The 2018-19 season will mark the first for Ernest Shand as an Assistant Coach with the Albany State University Golden Rams Men’s Basketball program. He comes to ASU after completing four years as a Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach at Mesa Community College (MCC) in Mesa, AZ; his last 2 seasons, he was also the Recruiting Coordinator for the T-birds. In his role, Coach Shand was responsible for on-court/in-game coaching, running summer camps, and recruiting across the Southwest region of the country. He worked alongside Arizona coaching legend Sam Ballard and helped lead MCC to an overall record of 68-50 while going 52-36 in the ACCAC during his tenure. ‘Mesa’ earned a post-season berth each year including two conference championship game appearances. As the Recruiting Coordinator – Coach Shand built relationships and established contacts across Arizona, neighboring states, and even internationally – leading toward signing current NCAA DI student-athletes from Geneva, Switzerland now at Youngstown St. and from Surprise, AZ via Houston, TX now at Marshall University. Before departing for ASU, he had recruited/signed 11 student-athletes from across the country – including two International players from Spain and Australia, respectively. During his career at MCC, he coached 19 student-athletes who went on to four-year schools, 7 All-Conference players and 1 NJCAA All-American.

Coach Shand has learned from many prominent coaches throughout the various roles he’s adhered to in his 17 year career. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he attended New Utrecht HS and learned from Coach Ron Vernon. ‘Coach Vern’ was pivotal in fostering Shand’s desire to empower young people through the game of basketball. Ernest’s decision to foster his love for coaching continued at Genesee Community College (GCC) in Batavia, New York under legendary Coach Bill Van Gundy. It was there that Shand learned the importance of utilizing game-film for opponent scouting and player development. In 2001-02, while still at GCC, Ernest was an Intern for Coach Michael vonSchiller where he assisted in day-to-day basketball operations on the school’s first ever NJCAA Div. II, Region III, District 18 Championship team. Going 28-5 that season, they were also the institution’s first ever NJCAA Div. II National Championship Tournament participant finishing 6th in the nation.

Coach Shand then attended the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica, New York where he was a Student Assistant under current Athletic Director Kevin Grimmer - who gave Ernest his first experience in recruiting while at the NCAA DIII level. Upon graduating in 2004 with his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Coach Shand was hired as an Assistant Coach. The 2005-06 Wildcats were among the school’s most successful ever under then Head Coach Tom Murphy – earning their first-ever post-season victory along the way to the school’s first ever SUNYAC Championship game appearance. Coach Shand was responsible for creating opponent scouting reports and helped assemble one of the programs’ strongest recruiting classes that year; most notably, he recruited Ajani Edwards who became the university’s all-time leader in steals and assists in a season & career.

In 2007, Coach Shand was named the Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach at Salt River HS in Scottsdale, Arizona. While earning a Master of Education degree from NAU in Educational Leadership – Ernest became the winningest boys’ basketball coach at Salt River and after three years at the helm, he took the same position at Horizon Honors HS in Ahwatukee/Phoenix, AZ. His 2011-12 team tied the school record with 19 wins in a season and posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in school history. By the end of 2014-15, he’d earned the most wins by any boys’ basketball coach at the school on his way to capturing win number 100 overall in his career during his final season in which he also began adhering to recruiting & coaching responsibilities as a Volunteer Asst. Coach at MCC.

Looking forward to fully embracing this career-advancing opportunity – Coach Shand is grateful to learn from Coach Gayle and the Golden Rams’ athletic department administration/staff & university leaders. He believes firmly in our mission at ASU and will represent the program with pride and dignity everywhere he goes & in all he does.

“I’m honored & truly grateful to our Head Coach Patrick Gayle and Athletic Director Sherie Gordon for welcoming me as a member of the Albany St. University Golden Rams family. To be here at the start of this journey with Coach Gayle is an opportunity I’ll forever be thankful for. I believe in Coach’s vision and can’t wait to get to work building a program everyone will love to support. Submerging myself in the rich culture of our school-community is a top priority; followed by recruiting, developing and retaining young leaders who are high-character, hard-working, talented student-athletes who want to succeed both in the classroom and on the court.”