5.25.10 | Softball
Kelsey Epperson named NAIA Scholar-Athlete
Senior Kelsey Epperson had career-high numbers in 2010.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Baker University softball player, Kelsey Epperson, was among 275 student-athletes honored today as a Daktronics/NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete, released by the national office in Kansas City, Mo.
Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.
The Wildcats finished the season 18-31 under first-year head coach Matt Windle and made the playoffs for the first time in four years.
5.31.10 | Track and Field
Okiomah and Hannon named NAIA All-Americans at Nationals
Kome Okiomah took third-place in the men's 100 meter dash.
MARION, Ind. - Seniors Kome Okiomah (Pflugerville, Texas) and Aaron Hannon (Baldwin City, Kan.) led the Baker Wildcats this past weekend at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Indiana Wesleyan University Outdoor Track Complex.
Okiomah took third-place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.49. Hannon grabbed a third-place finish in the men's decathlon with 6,827 points.
All-America honors are awarded to the top six individuals in each event and all four runners in the top six relay teams.
UPDATE: View trip photos here
6.8.10 | Volleyball
Baker University's Kayla Anderson to participate in Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program
Kayla Anderson will represent Baker University in Washington, D.C.
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Baker University volleyball student-athlete, Kayla Anderson, is headed to Washington, D.C. for the Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program.
NAIA student-athletes from select campuses will travel to Washington, D.C. for two weeks of energetic leadership training at the Red Cross National Headquarters, from June 7-18.
6.9.10 | Women's Soccer
Schiraldi and family raise funds for fallen firefighter
Photo by Keith Myers | Kansas City Star
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Sisters Alix Schiraldi (left) and Shelby Schiraldi served lemonade and water to Overland Park firefighters (in gray shirts) and Johnson County MED-ACT workers Wednesday at their fundraising stand for the family of Shawnee firefighter John Glaser, who died fighting a house fire in their subdivision. They will be back at the stand, at 75th Court and Pflumm Road, this afternoon.
6.9.10 | Wrestling
Coach May announces six more signings for 2010
Three-time Louisiansa State Champion Matthew Rabinowitz with his family.
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The Baker University Wrestling team has announced six new signings for the 2010 team. Head Coach Jimmy May and his staff are looking to find athletes that can help the program continue to grow in its second season of exisitance. The Wildcat wrestling program gained valuable experience at this year’s national championships. With a very young team, the Baker wrestlers will harness this experience and build on it, looking forward to the 2011 NAIA National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The newest group of signings is as follows.
6.21.10 | Wrestling
Baker wrestling adds two for 2010-11
Elia Parenti (left) and Chris Coover (right) will add depth to the Baker roster.
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Two more wrestlers have been added to a team that is already loaded for the 2010-11 campaign.
Elias Parenti (Ottawa, Kan.) comes to Baker as a Kansas State qualifier, Runner-up Kansas State freestyle and three-time honor student during his career at Ottawa High School.
6.24.10 | Tennis
Former Baker tennis star named Head Tennis Coach
Joe Ahmadian will take over as head coach beginning July 1, 2010.
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Former Baker tennis player Joe Ahmadian has been named the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Baker University, announced Baker Associate Athletic Director Theresa Yetmar on Thursday.
A Dallas product, Ahmadian was named the 2007 Baker University Athlete of the Year during his senior season before being named an assistant tennis coach at Baker in 2008.
After completing his degree in 2008, Ahmadian became a certified teaching professional at the Midtown Athletic Club in Overland Park, Kan. Ahmadian was an assistant coach at Free State High School in Lawrence, Kan., in 2009 while serving as the assistant head professional at the Jayhawk Tennis Facility.
6.24.10 | Sports Medicine
Lynn Bott Inducted Into NATA Hall of Fame
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Lynn Bott, director of sports medicine at Baker University, was officially inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 24, 2010, in Philadelphia.
This prestigious honor is bestowed on certified athletic trainers who have made a difference in the profession.
"Dedication, innovation, loyalty and leadership are common traits among Hall of Fame members," said NATA Executive Director Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE. "Those who receive the honor serve as an inspiration to their peers and as role models to the next generation of certified athletic trainers."