Devyn Bayes is entering her third year as Head Volleyball Coach at Emory & Henry College. She returns to her native Southwest Virginia after spending the 2012 and 2013 seasons as the Graduate Assistant Volleyball Coach at the University of Arkansas-Monticello.
Last season, the Wasps went 13-17 and saw three players named to the All-ODAC Teams. Kennaday Thomason and Tristen Pennington repeated as all-league award winners while Hannah Doss joined them on the squad.
In her first year as head coach, Bayes led her team to an 18-12 record as the team finished sixth in the ODAC. She also saw Tristen Pennington and Kennady Thomason selected as all-conference.
While with the Cotton Blossoms, Bayes helped guide the team out of the bottom of the Great American Conference, going from three wins in 2010 to 12 wins this past year. She assisted in all aspects of the program including recruiting, practice, travel, academic success and budgeting. Bayes was also involved in the team's service projects which raised over $3,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Side Out Foundation.
In addition to her duties as a coach, Bayes taught a weight training class and also was a teaching assistant in UAM's political science department, where she specialized in Middle East and African politics.
Prior to her stint at Monticello, Bayes was the head coach for the women's club volleyball team and the assistant coach for the men's club volleyball team at American University. She managed the operations of both squads, coordinating the teams' practices, tournaments and travel.
Bayes has also been involved in youth volleyball in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia as a Camp Director with STAR Volleyball Camps for the past eight years. As part of her duties, she traveled across the country directing both skills and team camps for ages 10-18 and also worked with the head administrator in program development and implementation.
Bayes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Russian Studies from Ferrum College, which she earned in 2010. She has earned a pair of master's degrees: a Master of Arts from American University in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs and a Master of Education in Physical Education and Coaching from Arkansas-Monticello.