Citing the need to give more time to his academic responsibilities and family, current head women’s basketball coach Dave Bale has announced his resignation effective at the end of the season.
He will continue as chair of Corban’s human performance program.
Director of Athletics John Nelson has announced that former head coach Terry Williams has been named as the new head women’s basketball coach.
“Coach Bale has done an outstanding job of not only maintaining one of the best women's basketball programs in the area but making it stronger,” said Nelson. “The dynamic of Coach Williams returning to an even stronger program that he originally built speaks to the quality character, skill and passion both men have for the young women fortunate to play Warrior basketball.”
Bale leaves the helm following five seasons in which he guided the Warriors to back-to-back 20-win seasons and two separate trips to the NAIA Division II national tournament.
During Bale’s third season in 2005-06, Corban captured its second-ever Cascade Collegiate Conference post-season tournament title. Last season, Bale guided Corban to its best winning season ever, thanks to an overall 25-7 mark.
“This was a tough decision for me,” said Bale. “I love coaching, and Corban opened the door five years ago for my wife and me to remain in Salem, while doing what I love. I will miss the girls the most because over the past five years, they have become like family to my wife and me.”
Five years ago, Williams handed the reigns over to Bale and now the roles are reversed. Williams returns to the bench where he guided the Warriors to two straight National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national titles in 1995 and 1996. He accumulated an overall record of 148-117 in eight seasons.
During the 2000-01 season, Williams coached the Warriors to a school-record 11-game winning streak.
“I am excited to return as head coach of the Warriors,” said Williams. “I think that Dave has done an amazing job over the past five seasons, and I look forward to continuing the excellence that Corban has achieved.”