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."
Baker Athletics announces new audio/video internet broadcast partner
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University and the KCTeams.com Sports Network will team up to provide live audio and video for home contests in football and men's and women's basketball. Audio for the contests will be provided by KOFO 1220 AM and KNBU 89.7 FM, Baker's student radio station. Select Baker soccer contests will also be available in 2010-11.
The Baker Athletic Department will be streaming Wildcat volleyball independently.
7.30.10 | Wrestling
Off the Mat with Greg Warren set to lead fundraiser for Baker Wrestling
Greg Warren will be performing at Baker University on August, 30th.
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The Baker University wrestling program is pleased to invite you to an exciting event – Off the Mat with Greg Warren. Professional comedian Greg Warren will perform at Rice Auditorium on the Baker University campus on Monday, August 30, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. All proceeds will support the Baker University Wrestling Program.
Greg wrestled at the University of Missouri and has now made his mark as an accomplished comedian. You will find his act hilarious, entertaining, and especially fitting as he uses wrestling in many of his skits. Greg has agreed to donate his time to help a new wrestling program as long as we pay his travel costs. This is a huge gift to the program and says a lot about Greg. Check-out his website at www.gregwarrencomedy.com.
7.30.10 | Women's Bowling
Keslar named new bowling coach at Baker University
Keslar brings over 30 years of experience to Baker University.
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Baker University has tapped the professional ranks for its new head women's bowling coach. Theresa Yetmar, Associate Director of Athletics , has announced the appointment of Cheryl Keslar to lead the university's bowling program. "To have a renowned professional bowler join our program should give us some immediate local and national attention," said Yetmar. "Cheryl Keslar is an individual with great charisma, style and grace. Coach Wilson will be greatly missed, but we certainly understand the valuable time she is going to gain being with her family. I wish her the best in her future endeavors."
Coach Kristal Wilson announced she would step down as head coach to spend more time with her family and pursue other personal goals.
8.3.10 | Men's Basketball
Coach Ballard announces signing of two new recruits
Curvonte McGown (left) and Samer Jassar (right).
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - New Baker University men's basketball coach Brett Ballard has been busy recruiting.
Ballard announced on Tuesday the signings of transfers Curvonte McGown and Samer Jassar to play basketball in 2010-11 for the Wildcats.
"I am very excited about the two transfers we are bringing in for the year," Ballard said. "I believe both will address some immediate needs that we had coming into this season. I got a chance to recruit these guys last spring/summer. They are individuals who come from solid backgrounds and they will be good representatives of Baker University.”
8.6.10 | Football
Victory Sports Network set to broadcast HAAC Media Day
The Baker football team looks to enter 2010 in the preseason Top 25.
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Baker football head coach Mike Grossner will take the podium to discuss the upcoming season with members of the local media at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Football Media Day on Monday, August 9th. The conference event will take place at Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals.
The Victory Sports Network has announced it will broadcast the event live beginning at 12:30 p.m. CT.
Wildcats not surprised by No. 24 ranking
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Expectations for a strong football season are nothing new in the Mike Grossner era at Baker University. But as far as other coaches are concerned, the Wildcats aren't one of the top programs to fear.
The Wildcats are ranked No. 24 in the NAIA Football Preseason Coaches' Poll, and were picked fifth in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll.