6.7.11 | Wrestling
Three-time Oklahoma State Champion signs with Baker
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Head wrestling coach Jimmy May continues to dazzle the wrestling world with the 2011 recruiting class he is putting together.
May announced on Tuesday the signing of Nick Haugen (Claremore, Okla.), a three-time 6A Oklahoma State Champion and USA Wrestling High School All-American.
“We are very excited about Nick Haugen coming to Baker University,” said head coach Jimmy May. “He is one of the top prospects our young wrestling program has ever signed. Winning three state championships is an amazing accomplishment and puts him in a very elite group of Oklahoma high school wrestlers.”
6.9.11 | Football
Grossner adds 19 more student-athletes for 2011 season
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University football team has added 19 more student-athletes to its 2011 recruiting class. The total now stands at 51 for the fall season, the largest incoming class in seven years.
“We have added 19 solid student-athletes to our original signing class of 32 this year,” Grossner said. “This is not only our largest class in seven years, but it also could be our most talented. Time will tell on the latter. We can’t wait to mesh this group of young men with our current roster. We only anticipate four to six senior starters next season. Reps and teaching will be at a premium at certain positions in fall camp.”
6.16.11 | Men's Basketball
Coach Ballard announces 2011-12 signing class
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Head coach Brett Ballard has been busy this past spring preparing for the 2011-12 basketball season, as the team announced the signing of seven student-athletes.
“I am very excited about this recruiting class that we are bringing in,” Ballard said. “This is a highly competitive group that will come to work everyday in practice and go to battle every night on the court. I believe we have addressed some immediate needs from talent standpoint. These young men will represent Baker University well both in the classroom and on the court.”
7.6.11 | Athletics
Yetmar to be recognized as 2011 Administrator of the Year
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Baker University Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar has been recognized as a 2011 Administrator of the Year award recipient, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators announced on Wednesday.
“NACWAA is honored to recognize and celebrate this inspiring, accomplished group of women,” said Patti Phillips, NACWAA Chief Executive Officer. “Each of these women are proven leaders in their departments, institutions and communities, and we commend them for their tireless work.”
7.12.11 | Women's Basketball
Women’s basketball team reloads for 2011-12 season
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – New Baker University head women’s basketball coach Ben Lister has been busy this summer, announcing on Tuesday the signing of nine student-athletes for the fall season.
“I’m pleased with the depth of our incoming class,” Lister said. “This is a group that brings versatility, toughness and a winning mentality to our team. Every incoming player will be able to compete for playing time immediately; therefore the competition in practice should be intense and productive.”
7.20.11 | Baseball
Tyler Jeck will forever be remembered as a Wildcat
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – He always smiled everywhere he went. He was an individual of character and integrity.
Tyler Jeck, 19, and a sophomore-to-be at Baker, was the epitome of class. He was a pre-med major and a member of the Baker baseball team.
“It could’ve been the worst day he has ever had and he would always carry a smile on his face,” said teammate Remmington Pinnick. “He was determined to become a doctor and there was nothing in the world that would’ve stopped him. He had that special never-give-up attitude.”
No. 32 on the baseball team, Jeck played in 11 games his freshman year but made a lasting impact.
7.27.11 | Athletics
Andrew Patch named assistant director of athletics
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. –Andrew Patch, a 2009 Baker University graduate and former Wildcat football player, has been named the assistant director of athletics for events and finance, director of athletics Theresa Yetmar announced on Wednesday.
“Andrew will be an important asset to our department,” Yetmar said. “He will use his strong work ethic, organizational skills and energy to elevate the quality of our events. I know he will be a valuable resource for our coaching staff and student-athletes. Andrew has a true passion for Baker athletics and our success.”
During his time at Baker, Patch was named to the Dean’s List three times and was honored as an NAIA scholar-athlete in 2008 and 2009 while playing for the football team. Patch was also named to the all-Heart of America Athletic Conference first team in 2009.
8.8.11 | Football
Wildcats picked third in 2011 HAAC football coaches’ preseason poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Baker University football team was picked third in the 2011 Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released Monday afternoon at the annual Media Day festivities at Kauffman Stadium.
Baker received 75 out of a possible 100 voting points to finish No. 3 overall. Missouri Valley College (89 points) and MidAmerica Nazarene University (100 points) rounded out the top three teams. The Wildcats edged Benedictine College by a 75-73 margin.