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Coach K Bayly Memorial Scholarship Fund

Coach K Bayly Memorial Scholarship Fund

Coach Kaylyn Bayly (June 25, 1968-June 13, 2022)

Coach Bayly graduated from Lakewood High School in 1986. She graduated in 1991 from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, lettering in softball, volleyball, and soccer. Coach Bayly is remembered as one of the best all-around athletes in school history. With the third highest batting average in the nation (Division II). In 2014, she was inducted into the Lenoir-Rhyne University Athletic Hall of Fame.

A 26-year educator, Coach Bayly began her teaching career at 16th Street Middle School and then St. Petersburg Challenge Elementary.  She began her coaching career at Lakewood High School in 1991 and finished her career at Countryside High School, where she taught and coached Volleyball, Flag Football and Softball for 20 years.

A Coach Bayly vs Mr. Coach Bayly game took place in 2016 at Lake Brantley, where Lake Brantley defeated Countryside 2-1 on what these two sibings joked to be a "questionable" call. In 2017, Lake Brantley played Countryside at the Canterbury School of Florida, where Lake Brantley won 4-1 on a 3-run homer in the 10th inning. Coach K Bayly finally avenged her loss with a 5-4 Countryside win against Lake Brantley in the finals at the Doc for Life Tournament in Ocala. This victory was after Brantley had won the last nine games.

Our quest is to continue Kaylyn’s Legacy.

— Coach James Bayly, MDCA Head Softball Coach and Brother of Kaylyn Bayly

2023 Scholarship Recipient Sammi Thomas

2nd Annual Coach K Bayly Memorial Tournament

March 1-2, 2024

Coach Shane Demartino of Pinellas Park, Coach Erin Jankiewicz of Indian Rocks Christian, Coach Jody Moore of Canterbury School of Florida, and Coach James Bayly (brother of Kaylyn) of Mount Dora Christian Academy have collaborated to honor a legend in the softball community, Kaylyn Bayly. 

This event will award college scholarships to players with donations from local businesses, families, and school support. These four coaches are passionate about the values Kaylyn brought to the game and pledge to continue teaching them through their coaching techniques and philosophies. To continue honoring Kaylyn's legacy, they collaborate annually with this commitment to honor athletes who demonstrate these values at this memorial tournament.

Coach K Bayly emphasized the importance of student-athletes being people of good character, respecting the diversity of others, respecting the game, and demonstrating these behaviors on and off the field. She saw positive relationships as invaluable.

Kaylyn demonstrated and taught the definition of respect to the fullest.

Thank you for helping to keep her legacy alive.

2024 Tournament Schedule

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