Bray-Doyle’s Tim Whaley – SNU Leadership Program Spotlight

SNU Jan 19

Bray-Doyle High School basketball coach Tim Whaley has an interesting path to the sideline for Donkeys. From growing up in Oklahoma to spending time in Texas and now taking over as head coach of the boys basketball team, Whaley found exactly what his career needed in the Leadership Program at Southern Nazarene University. 

“I grew up in Marlow, Oklahoma and graduated from Marlow High School in 1983. I attended East Central University in Ada, graduating in 1987. I attended graduate school at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas and graduated in 1994,” said Whaley. “Education is a second career for me. I spent the first 20 years working in social services administration and mental health care administration. I started my education/coaching career at Fort Worth ISD in 2008. I coached at South Hills High School and Riverside Middle School for five years before returning to my home state of Oklahoma.”

Making the decision to attend SNU’s Leadership Program was an easy one for Whaley. 

“My schedule as a coach in three sport seasons was a tremendous barrier to going back to school. The flexibility of being able to attend on Wednesday nights was the most important factor in choosing SNU! Wednesday nights are almost always freed from coaching responsibilities/assignments. I also appreciated the cohort design and working as a ‘student-group’ for the duration of the program,” said Whaley. “The program is going to qualify graduates to sit for the Principal and Superintendent certification exam, which is a huge advantage. I knew that Southern Nazarene University was a great school. But since I have started the program, it is clear that the University and Faculty are truly committed to the success of their students. They have a very good system and it is seamless and comprehensive. I could not have made a better choice for my academic advancement in Educational Leadership!”

Coach Whaley HS basketball

As a coach and educator, Whaley enjoys seeing his students and his athletes succeed in the classroom and on the court. 

“I enjoy seeing young people gain confidence and achieve things that previously seemed out of reach. I feel that I have made a positive impact when I motivate students to work hard and believing in themselves. The opportunity to impress upon them the importance of those two traits is where my enjoyment comes from,” said Whaley.

The U.S. History, Psychology and Economics teacher also coaches cross-country and track and field before and after basketball season. 

“I love coaching and teaching and that is where I belong for now. But within the next few years, I hope to have opportunities to shift towards a leadership position,” said Whaley. 

His passion for education and coaching may come from his early mentors. 

“During my high school days, I was very fortunate to have had three coaches and a Superintendent who all made it into the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame: Scott Ousley, Darvis Cole, Bob Patterson and Ron Newby. All of these men had a positive impact on my life, but Coach Newby made a tremendous impact on me and how I conduct myself as a teacher/coach,” said Whaley.