Dale Layer
Virginia Tech Hokies
PositionSpecial Assistant to the Head Coach
Personal information
Born (1958-05-16) May 16, 1958 (age 63)
Gainesville, Florida
Career information
CollegeEckerd (1976–1980)
Career history
As coach:
1980–1982Eckerd (assistant)
1982–1983Eastern Kentucky (assistant)
1983–1988Eckerd (assistant)
1998–2000Colorado State (assistant)
2000–2007Colorado State
2007–2008Liberty (assistant)
2008–2009Marquette (assistant)
2016–2017Greensboro Swarm (assistant)
2017–2018Mercer (asst.)
2018–presentVirginia Tech (special asst.)
Career highlights and awards

Dale Layer (born May 16, 1958) is an American basketball coach, currently a special assistant to head coach Buzz Williams at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.[1] Previously he served as an assistant coach for the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA Development League. He was previously the head coach of the Liberty Flames men's basketball team, an NCAA Division 1 college basketball team that competes in the Big South Conference. He was fired by the university on March 5, 2015 after finishing the season with only a 2–16 conference record and an 8–24 overall record.[2] It marks his second stint as a coach at Liberty; he spent the 2007-2008 campaign as an assistant to Ritchie McKay.


Layer started his coaching career in 1980 after graduating from his alma mater Eckerd College. He spent seven of the next eight years at Eckerd (he was an assistant at Eastern Kentucky University during the 1982–1983 season. He then made the jump to the head coaching ranks, accepting a job at Queens University of Charlotte. He amassed 167 wins against 87 losses in nine years as the head coach, and also served as the school's athletic director.

In 1998, Layer accepted a job at Colorado State as an assistant after Ritchie McKay accepted the head coaching position. Layer helped lead the Rams to an NIT appearance in 1999, defeating Mississippi State and Colorado before losing to the eventual champion, California.[3]

When McKay left CSU in 2000, Layer was promoted to the head job. Layer guided the team to its first NCAA Tournament bid in 13 years, in 2003. He was twice voted the region's coach of the year by the National Basketball Coaches Association. But after seven years and a 103–106 record (and 31–71 in conference play), Layer was fired.

He rejoined McKay's staff shortly after McKay accepted the job at Liberty University. Layer stayed for a year before heading off to be an assistant to head coach Buzz Williams at Marquette. After the 2008–2009 season, McKay left Liberty and accepted a job as associate head coach at the University of Virginia. Liberty contacted Layer about filling the head coaching vacancy, and Layer accepted.[2] Layer led the 2012–13 team to a surprise Big South championship and an NCAA bid with a 15–20 record.

On September 26, 2016, Layer was appointed an assistant coach of the Greensboro Swarm, a new NBA Development League franchise.[4] On June 13, 2017 Layer joined Mercer University as an assistant coach.[5]

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Queens University of Charlotte (Conference Carolinas) (1989–1998)
1989–90 Queens 11–17
1990–91 Queens 20–8
1991–92 Queens 14–13
1992–93 Queens 20–8
1993–94 Queens 14–12
1994–95 Queens 17–10
1995–96 Queens 25–6 NCAA Div II Sweet 16
1996–97 Queens 22–7
1997–98 Queens 24–6 NCAA Div II Tournament
Queens: 167–87
Colorado State (Mountain West Conference) (2000–2007)
2000–01 Colorado State 15–13 6–8 T-4th
2001–02 Colorado State 12–18 3–11 T-7th
2002–03 Colorado State 19–14 5–7 6th NCAA 1st Round
2003–04 Colorado State 13–15 4–10 T-7th
2004–05 Colorado State 11–17 3–11 T-7th
2005–06 Colorado State 16–15 4–10 8th
2006–07 Colorado State 17–13 6–10 T-6th
Colorado State: 103–106
Liberty (Big South Conference) (2009–2015)
2009–10 Liberty 15–16 10–8 6th
2010–11 Liberty 19–13 13–5 2nd
2011–12 Liberty 14–18 9–9 5th
2012–13 Liberty 15–21 6–10 5th (North) NCAA First Four
2013–14 Liberty 11–21 5–11 5th (North)
2014–15 Liberty 8–24 2–16 11th
Liberty: 82–113 45–59
Total: 352–306

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Sis, Matej (August 22, 2018). "Buzz Williams welcomes a new coach to the Virginia Tech staff". 247sports.com. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Marquette assistant to coach Liberty
  3. ^ "MarquetteWatch.com - Williams Adds Dale Layer To Staff As An Assistant". rivals.com. 4 May 2008. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Swarm Finalize Coaching Staff". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 26, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "Ex-Colorado, Liberty head coach joining Mercer basketball staff". macon.com. Macon Telegraph. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2017.