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06.25.13 | Athletics

Yetmar Elected to the NAC of the NAIA

Theresa Yetmar attended her first NAC meetings from June 12-15 in Orlando, Fla., at the NACDA Convention Theresa Yetmar attended her first NAC meetings from June 12-15 in Orlando, Fla., at the NACDA Convention

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University's Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar, has been named to the National Administrative Council (NAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

The NAC helps shape policy at the highest level of the NAIA with committees governing Rules and Ratings, Championships, Awards and Statistics, and Experience and Enhancement. Yetmar will serve on the rules and ratings subcommittee and as the national liaison for women's soccer.

The NAC conducts its business annually at the NAIA and National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) conventions. The NACDA convention was recently held from June 12-15 in Orlando, Fla.

"Given my long-standing affiliation with the NAIA I am extremely honored to be serving our association at the national level," said Yetmar. "This appointment will allow me to participate in shaping how we can continue to strengthen the NAIA student-athlete experience and stay on the cutting edge of athletics in policies and procedures. It's a very exciting prospect, and I'm thankful to my colleagues for this opportunity."

She has also assisted the NAIA on several committees including 'Selection Sunday' (2010), and the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Local Organizing Committee (2009-Present).

In 2013-14 she will serve on the NAIA Wrestling National Championship Local Organizing Committee. Yetmar finished a two-year term in May as the Heart of America Athletic Conference Board of Governors' Chair. She is also the HAAC liaison for Wrestling and Men's and Women's Tennis.

Under Yetmar's leadership, Baker has had another stellar season in athletics finishing No. 20 in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup NAIA Final Standings. That Top 20 ranking was the highest ranking of any NAIA institution in the State of Kansas and the top ranking in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

In the Fall, the Baker men's cross country team won the 2012 Heart of America Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship and head coach Zach Kindler earned the HAAC Coach of the Year honor. Along with the men's team, Baker also sent three women's cross country runners to the 2012 NAIA Cross Country National Championship race in Vancouver, Wash.

The Baker women's soccer team also advanced to the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship final site in Orange Beach, Ala., with an NAIA Opening Round victory over Bellevue to advance to its third straight national tournament.

The Baker football team qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2008 with an 8-2 regular season record and third-place finish in the HAAC standings. The Wildcats took on No. 6 ranked University of St. Francis and fell to the Cougars in a 22-17 battle in one of the best games of the 2012 NAIA FCS Playoffs.

The success continued for Baker athletics into the winter season, as the Baker wrestling team hosted the 2013 NAIA Central Regional championships and took fourth behind three Top 10 programs. The Wildcats qualified seven wrestlers from that regional to compete in the 2013 NAIA Wrestling National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Baker earned two All-Americans while at nationals, as Parker Owen took sixth in the 174-pound division and for the second straight year, Brandon Gebhardt was a national finalist in the 285-pound weight class and finished as the national runner-up.

In the Spring, the women's golf team captured its first ever HAAC Tournament championship and competed in the 2013 NAIA Women's Golf National Championship Tournament in Lincoln, Neb., at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Club. Baker finished in 26th-place.

The Baker outdoor track and field team had another banner Spring season, winning both the men's and women's HAAC outdoor track and field championships and sent 22 members of its team to the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Marion, Ind.

The Wildcats collected 13 NAIA All-America honors at the national championship meet held at Indiana Wesleyan University and senior Jeremy Gathright captured a national championship after winning the men's 400-meter dash.

-BAKER-

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