Trent May returns to SNU as the Head Coach of Women's Basketball

BETHANY, Okla. — Southern Nazarene University announced Thursday that it has selected Trent May has as the new Head Coach for Women's Basketball. In 16 years of head coaching, May has been named a Conference Coach of the Year six times, averaged over 20 wins per season, and has amassed an overall record of 322-153.

Trent May returns as SNU Women's Basketball Head Coach
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"We are excited to welcome back SNU alum Trent May," said Director of Athletics Bobby Martin. "We know that his addition will strengthen our Athletic Department and help us advance the mission of SNU. His experience as a successful women's basketball coach at multiple levels is outstanding.  Most importantly, his skills to lead spiritually, makes Trent a great fit to be the next head coach of this program that has been marked by achievements historically."

May is no stranger to Bethany as he played at SNU while earning his Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science in 1995. He then earned his Master's of Science in Kinesiology in 1997. He also served as an assistant coach for the women's program at SNU for four years as he was part of four NAIA Fab Four appearances, two finals appearances and the 1996-97 NAIA National Championship.

"We are blessed by Coach May's decision to accept the invitation to lead our Women's Basketball program and look forward to welcoming his family to SNU," said President Dr. Keith Newman. "May's commitment to excellence and ability to develop student athletes for success matched up with our priorities for the program. We saw in Trent the ability and desire to make Christ-like disciples through higher education, our mission at SNU.  We believe the future of SNU Women's Basketball is exceptionally bright. Congratulations to Dr. Mike Redwine, Executive Vice President, and the search committee for recruiting such an outstanding coach."  

May's time in Bethany was just the start of an impressive career to date. Most recently, May comes from Grand Canyon University where he compiled a 195-96 record. That included a school-record 29-3 mark in the 2010-11 season as he led GCU to the Division II Sweet 16. His teams followed up the Sweet 16 berth from 2011, with two more Division II West Region appearances. Both teams went to the region semifinals and combined for a mark of 47-13.

In the 2013-14 season, Grand Canyon had its inaugural season in reclassifying to NCAA Division I. May's team went 21-9 overall and finished third in the Western Athletic Conference.

In 2012, he was named PacWest Coach of the Year for the fourth time as the 'Lopes won their fifth conference title in six seasons. He won his 100th game at the helm of the program on Feb. 4 at Hawai'i Hilo.

He guided the 'Lopes to PacWest championships in each of his first two seasons. Along with winning the 2009 title, GCU earned an automatic bid to the Division II West Regional, its first postseason trip since 2004.

Prior to Grand Canyon, May coached at Bethany College for six years, guiding the Swedes to a 127-57 record, two national tournament appearances and one Sweet 16 finish. He was named Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year twice, and was named Kansas Four-Year College Coach of the Year in 2003. He also set the record for the best single-season mark in school history at 30-3.  

May, and his wife Angie, have two sons, Grayson and Griffin.

"I am thankful of the opportunity that SNU has given me," said May.  "I am grateful for my time and history as a player, a student and assistant coach. I look forward to being a part of the SNU community and working with the student-athletes and staff and know that great things are ahead for the university and the women's basketball program."