Eleven Wildcats have earned all-HAAC first-team honors under Weaver. Two players — John Smith (1989, 1991) and Brent Dorsey (1998) — were named conference player of the year. Dorsey was Baker’s first NAIA All-American in 1998.
Weaver, a three-time Heart of America Conference Coach of the Year, graduated in 1972 from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where he was an All-North Central Conference selection. Weaver recently was inducted into the Morningside Athletics Hall of Fame.
“I know this was a difficult decision for Rick as he weighed the pros and cons of retirement from coaching,” stated Baker President/Interim Athletic Director Pat Long. “When Rick approached me over a year ago about his possible retirement from coaching, his main concern was and has always been about his players and his team. We at Baker have been fortunate to have Rick’s energy, sense of humor and care for our students. Alumni from Rick’s program have gone on to do great things, and his Roundball publication has a local, regional and national following.”
WEAVER OVER THE YEARS
Weaver received a master’s degree in 1977 from Iowa State University while teaching and coaching at Jefferson (Iowa) High School before serving as a graduate assistant at Eastern Kentucky during the 1977-1978 season. Weaver was the head coach at Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, in 1978-1980 and head coach at Wayne State in Wayne, Neb., from 1980 to 1985 before coming to Baker.