Bryant Has 200 Wins in Two Sports for Barons
Coach Jason Bryant
By David Tootle
SPECIAL TO BPC— The Brewton-Parker College volleyball team’s 3-0 triumph over Clark in Atlanta on September 8 was Barons Coach Jason Bryant’s 200th volleyball coaching victory. He had already collected the 200-win milestone in softball in 2009.
Bryant, 46, is in his 13th season as the Barons’ volleyball skipper. His teams have won two Southern States Athletic Conference divisional titles. In nine years at the head of the BPC softball program, his teams have amassed 260 victories. He was the Southern States Athletic Conference 2004 Softball Coach of the Year. He started his career with Brewton-Parker as an assistant in the men’s basketball program under Coach Steve Barker, leading the junior varsity team for three seasons. Bryant also serves on the school’s Missions Financial Aid Committee.
“I don’t know of a lot of coaches who have coached two sports in this league as long as I have,” Bryant said of the 200-200 milestone. “It’s been a long journey, and a lot of good players have made it happen along the way.”
Bryant credits his players with whatever he has accomplished as a coach at Brewton-Parker. He says he tries to recruit outstanding people who will bring credit to the college.
“I want quality kids,” he explained. “Quality, to me, means they’re going to work in the classroom. I want kids who will do things right on the court (or field) and off. I want them, if they’re not saved when they get here, to get saved while they’re here. I think the Christian athlete can speak volumes in the community and in the world we live in today.”
Prior to his tenure at Brewton-Parker, Bryant was the athletic director at Robert Toombs Christian Academy in Lyons, a member of the Georgia Independent School Association. He was the head coach for the varsity boys basketball and baseball teams and started a cross country program for both men and women at the school. His baseball team won a state championship, and his teams qualified for the state playoffs in both sports during both of his seasons at RTCA. In earlier years, Bryant was the junior varsity football, baseball, and girls basketball coach at Pinewood Christian Academy in Bellville.
Coach Bryant holds a Master’s Degree in Theology and has been a pastor for over 14 years. He was State Youth Director for the Church of God of Prophecy and pastored churches for that denomination in Buford and Claxton, where he was District Overseer for seven years. He has recently accepted the pastorate at Beacon of Hope Church of God in Swainsboro.
Bryant and his wife of 23 years, Jill, live in Statesboro. They have two sons, Jordon (18) and Jevon (15). Coach Bryant says it seems like yesterday when his children were young and he was winning his first games at BPC. He says he still enjoys helping young people learn the lessons of athletics.
“In sports, you have to learn to work together, in spite of yourself and in spite of any background or personality conflicts,” he told us. “I hope I can help these players with that as they prepare for the world after athletics. I also hope I show them how it’s done from a Christian perspective.”
Bryant said that he hopes to reach a combined 500 wins in his two sports soon. He says opposing coaches have contacted him, recognizing his accomplishment.
“I’ve received a couple of congratulatory calls from coaches who have known me and competed against me over the years, just like I did a couple of years ago when I won my 200th softball game,” Bryant explained. “But I don’t broadcast it. I feel really fortunate to have had the kids who have played here over the years and helped me accomplish this. Without them, none of this would be possible.”