|College:||Grand Valley State (1992)|
Tony Graystone is in his fourth season at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi after improving the team’s record each season at the helm.
In his third year leading the Islanders, the team improved to 13-20, a one-match improvement from the 2010 season record of 12-18. The 2011 team won five Southland Conference matches, tying the Southland win total from 2010. With only one senior on the team, the young Islanders are looking to build off of their 2011 season.
In season two, Graystone’s team improved to 12-18 on the year, a three match improvement from his first campaign and the first double-digit win season since 2004. In 2010, the team also won five Southland Conference matches, the second-highest total in school history. In his first year, the Islanders improved by five wins from the previous year.
Before coming to the Island, Graystone was the winningest coach in West Texas A&M volleyball history before taking on the head coaching position for the Islanders to become the third coach in the program’s history.
Prior to coming to the Island, Graystone spent 10 seasons as the head coach at West Texas A&M where he posted a 315-61 record. His .837 winning percentage was the third-highest among active NCAA Division II head coaches and he reached 300 victories faster than any other coach in the division’s history. He reached 100 wins in 106 games making him the quickest coach at the time in any NCAA sport or division to reach the century mark in wins. He was named the Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year five times and the AVCA Southwest Region Coach of the Year on four occasions.
At West Texas A&M, he guided the Lady Buffs to Lone Star Conference crowns in eight of his 10 seasons and to five NCAA regional titles. He mentored 16 All-Americans and one Division II National Player of the Year in 1999. His 2001 team was ranked No. 1 for seven weeks, while his 2002 team held the top spot for five weeks. In 2003, his team set an NCAA standard with 77 conference wins in a row.
Before becoming the head coach, Graystone was an assistant coach for the Lady Buffs and was part of the coaching staff that won the NCAA Division II Championship in 1997. He also served as the program director for the Amarillo Junior Olympic Volleyball Club. He began his career as a head coach at Waggoner and Ballard High Schools in Louisville.
He earned an M.S. in exercise physiology from the University of Louisville in 1996 after graduating with a B.S. in Health Sciences with an emphasis in exercise science from Grand Valley State in 1992.
Graystone and his wife Lauren have two sons, Drew and Dylan.