“Nick’s passion for the game was amazing.” — Paolo Malacad, Kitchener, Ontario
Nick Gast was a member of the Valdosta State University men’s basketball Team from 1998-2002. He was a four-year starter and graduated as a member of the 1,000 point club. He is one of the top 20 scorers in school history. Nick was a two-time All-Conference performer and was named to the Gulf South Conference All-Academic team.
Nick is currently the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Parkview High School in Atlanta, GA. Nick has held this position for the last two years. Prior to Parkview, Nick spent six years on the sidelines of his alma mater, Valdosta State University, as the Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach. In 2009-2010, he helped the Blazers to a 28-5 record, which set the mark for most wins in school history. That team also made the school’s first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.
Before coming back to VSU, Nick was an assistant coach for two years for Jim Yarbrough at Division I Southeastern Louisiana University. Prior to SLU, Coach Nick started his career as head coach at Clinch County High School in Homerville, GA. Nick led the team to a 16-10 record and a trip to the state tournament.
Nick is married to his wife of nine years, Traci, and they have three-year old twins, Caleb and Caroline.
Favorite Quote: “Winners don’t do different things, they just do things differently.”
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT nick
“I absolutely loved Nick’s passion and enthusiasm! He was a very positive role model and always had a smile on his face. PGC has had a huge impact on me. It taught me how to manage my feelings, focus, and keep a positive attitude.”
– Alysha, PGC Grad
“Nick’s passion for the game was amazing. He really made my entire week interesting and fun while we still learned many things. This experience has really taught me how to be a leader and what great leaders do. Thank you for the experience Nick!”
– Paolo Malacad, Kitchener, Ontario
“Nick was an excellent director because he brought loads of energy every day. He was very funny and knowledgeable about the game of basketball. He took the time to interact with every person at the session and he always looked to make us better. This experience has impacted me on and off the court and it has really helped me develop my leadership skills, which I will use on the court and in life.”
– Brent Lasovich, Waterloo Ontario
“PGC has SCHAPE’d me in a way that I never thought it could. I love this week. Nick was an amazing director who always brought energy. I loved every moment of his classroom sessions and court sessions.”
– Jonah McPhee, Waterloo, Ontario