Meghan came to Baker from Syracuse (Kan.) High School, where she played on the golf team, earning numerous school and conference honors while being named to the all-state team three of those years and placing second at the Class 4-1A tournament her senior year.
As the first official recruit for Coach Karen Exon’s women’s golf team at Baker, Meghan made an immediate and long-term impact playing at the No. 1 position and lettering all four years while serving as the team captain from 2000 to 2002. She went on to have a storied career, placing first or second in well over 20 individual tournaments and helping her team earn a school record for the lowest team score in a tournament with a 318 in 2001. Additionally, she was the conference/regional champion three years and was the runner-up in 2000. For her outstanding team, conference and regional play she earned the right to participate in four national NAIA tournaments, where she had finishes of 32nd, 2nd, 12th and 10th and was named an All-American her sophomore, junior and senior years.
Not only was Meghan an outstanding golfer, she was on the dean’s list for her consistent performance in the classroom. As a result of her academic success she was named two times as an NAIA Scholar-Athlete. She participated in a wide range of campus activities, including Alpha Chi Omega, Cardinal Key national honorary, Delta Mu Delta Business honorary, Phi Eta Sigma freshman honorary, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Baldwin Care Center volunteer and Spike-Out Domestic Violence. She also spent a semester at Harlaxton College and was named to the University of Evansville’s dean’s honor roll.
After receiving her degree from Baker she went on to graduate with honors with a law degree from the Washburn University School of Law, where she was a member of Phi Alpha Delta.
Apart from her wide variety of responsibilities, including being the staff attorney for Syracuse Dairy LLC, she has been named to several boards and has received honors for active volunteerism in her church, in associations and civic related organizations.
She is married to Jay and together they have two children, Alex and Ethan, and she also has two stepchildren, Juliana and Nic.
Johnie Seals, Jr.
Johnie was recruited and enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1976 after a highly successful high school career at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla., where he earned letters in basketball and baseball his senior year. He was an important member of the basketball team that went to the Oklahoma 3A State Championships.
At Baker, Johnie made an immediate contribution to the basketball team and lettered all four years. He showed his ability to adapt to differing coaching styles and offenses as he played for a different head basketball coach each year while at Baker. He started three years and ended up setting several individual and school records. During his four years he scored a total of 1,307 points, a school record that stood for several years.
He also set additional school records on the court for the Wildcats with 153 free throws in one season and he made the highest percentage of free throws in a season at 84.1%. He finished his four years with the highest percentage of free throws made during his career with a mark of 81.1%.
During his senior year, he also led the team in rebounding and in shot blocking where he averaged seven rebounds per game and had a total of 18 blocked shots. For his efforts, he was named to the first-team all-conference team. Not only was he a great basketball player, but he was well liked by fellow students on campus. He was voted the most outstanding senior male student at Baker at his graduation ceremony in the spring of 1980.
Following college, he returned to his home in Tulsa and began a career in business that has taken him from the field of accounting to the area of IT. He has spent the past 15 years working as an IT specialist for the Williams Companies and at IBM.
During his years following graduation he has volunteered hundreds of hours to coaching youth football, basketball and baseball teams in the Tulsa area. Several of the teams he has coached have earned the right to compete in national tournaments across the country.
He is a member of St. Luke Baptist Church in Tulsa and he is married to LeGina R. Seals. Together they have three children, LeLana, Anthony Jr. and Johnie III.
Bob graduated from Truman High School, Independence (MO) having lettered three years each in track and football. He earned all-conference and honorable mention all-area honors in football.
He enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1966 and proceeded to letter all four years in track while throwing the shot put, discus and high jumping. He also lettered one year in football, but track and field was his true love. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, served as the sophomore class president and majored in Art. He won several dual track/field meets in the shot put and finished 2nd in the NAIA regional meet his senior year in that event. But, in his own words, he always felt his college results were lackluster.
It was not until 1997, when he was convinced by a former fraternity brother from Baker to enter the Sunflower Games and won medals in both the shot put and discus that he began to truly develop in the sport. From that year, all the way to 2011 when he discontinued competition, he was one of the nation’s premier senior division shot putters. During those years he became an eleven time, USATF, All-American shot putter. In total he won forty six state shot put championships, broke thirty five state and local meet records and one national meet record. In 2002, 2004 and 2008 he was ranked fifth in the United States and in 2008 he was ranked #8 in the world in this event. At one time he was ranked among the top ten senior shot putters in the nation for nine consecutive years.
Professionally, following graduation from Baker, he taught for two years before deciding to return to college at U.M.K.C. to study biology. This then led him to admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri where he earned the Upjohn Leadership Award and Scholarship. Following graduation, he established a veterinary practice in the Kansas City area. His career in this field has extended for a total of thirty five years, the last fifteen of which have been dedicated to a Spay/Neuter program throughout the Kansas City area. His innovative approach has now served as a model for several humane societies across the country. In 2003 his clinic received the Spay/Neuter Organization of the Year Award.
He is married to Debra and together they share the following children from previous marriages: Ashley Peters, Laney Abraham, Megan Peters, Melette Thomas and Shelly Johnson.
Jerry graduated valedictorian at Vermillion (Kan.) Rural High School, where he earned four letters in football, basketball and baseball and two letters in track.
He enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1956 but his four years as a student-athlete at Baker were interrupted by service in the United States Marine Corps (1958-1962). While in the service, he participated in numerous competitive sports, including rifle team, volleyball, football and basketball. Several of the teams on which he was a member earned championships on the base, in the state of Hawaii and in USMC intra-service competition.
Upon discharge from the Marines he returned to Baker and continued participating in a wide range of sports. He earned varsity letters in football, basketball and golf and also participated in track. While participating in these several sports in high school, the Marines and at Baker, he was constantly observing the coaching styles of the many fine coaches for whom he had a chance to play. This in great part, helped determine his ultimate career and life’s work.
From Baker he moved into the field of high school teaching and coaching. Through his career he coached a myriad of athletic teams, including basketball, wrestling, track and golf. Several of his teams earned tournament, conference, state and regional championships.
His next move was into the collegiate coaching ranks with 17 total years as head basketball coach at Kansas Wesleyan University and an additional five years as head basketball coach at Indiana University South Bend. At Indiana South Bend he earned 100 victories, the most in school history. His final tally of victories at Kansas Wesleyan was 224, also a school record. His teams at KWU won conference championships in 1986 and 2000. He was honored with conference Coach of the Year awards those two years along with being named the national NSCAA Coach of the Year in 2000, as well as the Heart of America Sports Camps-NAIA College Basketball Coach of the Year.
He has received numerous other awards and honors for his professional achievements and for his outstanding community service. Included in these awards was a leadership acknowledgement for his work with Athletes Against Drugs in 2007. That same year his name was added to the Baker University School of Education Wall of Honor for his outstanding achievements in education and teaching.
He is married to Kathleen Barrett-Jones and together they have a daughter, Jessica.
Jim graduated from Oakley (Kan.) High School, where he earned letters in football, basketball and track. He qualified for the state track-meet his senior year and was a member of two team conference championships.
He followed his father and sister in the tradition of attending Baker. After winning three events in intramural competition as a freshman, he was convinced by Coach Jim Irick (HOF-1982) to participate at the varsity level his final three years. He lettered all three of those years as a high jumper and long jumper. In the long jump, he finished second at the conference meet one year and was conference champion the other two years. In the process, he broke a 34-year-old school record with a leap of 22’ 11 ½”. Over the course of the next two years he went on to break his own record three more times. His best jump at 23’ 5 1/2” remains the fourth longest in Baker school history. That jump was the 11th best in the nation among NAIA schools in 1963. He finished fourth and sixth in the high jump two years at the conference meet. On campus, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and was a member and president of the “B” club.
After graduation he joined the U.S. Army Reserve and later spent two years as a district scout executive in Douglas and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. In 1967, he joined Baker’s admissions staff, where he began a lifelong career in education. He went on to hold director of admissions positions with two colleges in Colorado and Tennessee that eventually led him to co-found and become CEO of Career Communications Inc. of Overland Park, Kan. Career Communications has provided career and technical educational opportunities to millions of students and parents in all 50 states since the company’s founding in 1990.
Also following graduation he continued to compete as an amateur athlete. In 1974 and 1975 he went undefeated in his age group in the long jump, high jump and triple jump while competing for the Denver Track Club. In 1976 he finished sixth in the state of Colorado in the decathlon at a seniors meet held at the University of Colorado.
Jim has remained active at Baker through the years and was a member and president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and served as a member of the Presidential Search Committee in 1986. He has served on numerous other volunteer boards and has received several awards for his service and professional accomplishments. He has twin daughters, Kim and Kelly.
BAKER UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS
SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
Baker University Athletics is dedicated to graduating champions for life by developing leaders through competition, academic achievement, diversity, and community service in the pursuit of personal excellence. Student-athletes should recognize that as representatives of our institution they are held to a high standard of behavior.
Baker University student-athletes are not restricted from using social media sites. However, student-athletes must understand that any content they make public - regardless of privacy settings - via social websites is expected to follow acceptable social behaviors and also to comply with federal government, state of Kansas, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC), Baker University and the Baker University Department of Athletics rules and regulations.
The following guidelines outline the expectations of every student-athlete in regards to social media:
- Understand and follow the rules of each particular social media site.
- Do not post anything private, confidential or sensitive.
- Do not post comments that attack a student-athlete, coach or athletic administrator from Baker University or another institution.
- Do not post information, photos, or other representations of sexual content, harassing language, inappropriate behavior or items that could be interpreted as demeaning or inflammatory.
- Do not comment on student-athlete injuries, playbooks, rosters, officiating or any other team information that should remain confidential.
- In addition to adhering to the Baker University Department of Athletics social media policy, student-athletes must also follow social media policies set forth by his/her head coach.
- The social media policy set by Baker University Department of Athletics works in conjunction with the policies described in the student handbook.
- An official page for a Baker University sports program must be administered under the supervision of full-time university staff members.
- An official page for a sports program must have “Baker University” denoted on the account page, i.e. “Baker University Men’s Soccer”.
In an effort to guide social media practices, the Department of Athletics suggests the following:
- Understand that freedom of speech is not unlimited. Social media websites are NOT a place where you can say and do whatever you want without repercussions.
- Think twice before posting. If you would not want your parents, family, coaches or boss to see your post, do not post it!
- Remember the Internet is permanent. Even if you delete something on the Internet, it still exists out there somewhere.
- Remember many different audiences will see your posts, including fans, alumni, children, student-athletes, parents, staff, faculty, etc.
- Be honest, respectful, and positive.
- Be professional and polite.
- Be accurate. If you make a mistake, own up to it and correct it quickly.
- Avoid topics that may be considered objectionable or inflammatory like religion or politics.
- Do not post anything that you would not speak about openly in a work place or public, such as comments on drug use, sexual humor, skin color or ethnic slurs.
- Be in the proper state of mind when you make a post. Do not post when your judgment is impaired in any way.
- Remember coaches and administrators monitor social media websites.
- Remember potential employers use social media websites to screen candidates. Your career path can be directly impacted by your actions on social media websites.
- Protect yourself by maintaining a self-image that you can be proud of years from now.
- Use the privacy/security settings made available on social media sites.
Violation of the student-athlete social media policy may result in one or more of the following disciplinary actions:
- Meeting with the Director of Athletics, and/or the Head Coach, and/or the Dean of Students.
- Requiring removing the unacceptable content
- Deactivating the social media profile.
- Temporary suspensions from the team until the prescribed conditions are met.
- Suspension from the team for a prescribed period of time.
- Indefinite suspension from the team.
- Dismissal from the team.
Timothy Neil Burkindine
Attended Norview High School, Norfolk, VA. From 1962-1964. Earned five varsity letters in football, baseball, and wrestling, and was captain of each team. Attended Shawnee Mission North High School 1964-1966. Earned two varsity football letters and a track letter. Was football captain. 1965 team won State Championship. Selected All-State and All-Metro defensive first team, All-league and All-district offensive and defensive first team. Attended Hutchinson Junior College 1966-1967 and lettered in track. Attended Baker fours years, and earned four football and three baseball letters. Named All-Conference, All-District linebacker and running back. Led conference in rushing two years. Set numerous Baker rushing records. Ran for four touchdowns in one game his senior. Rushed for 977 yards senior year (197 yards and two touchdowns against McPherson). Gained 2469 yards in his career. Selected All-American running back. Led baseball team in home runs in 1969, and in home runs and RBI’s in 1970. Member of Kappa Sigma fraternity; campus guide; Student Council vice president; member of legislative board; Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Earned Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Educational Psychology in 1971. Received masters degree from University of Kansas. Involved in tryouts for major league baseball and the national football league. Taught and coached at prairie view high school (KS) and Shawnee Mission South High School, where he was assistant football coach for 12 years and head coach of swimming and diving, track, and softball teams. His SM South teams won many league and state championships. Named head football coach at Blue Valley North in 1989. 1990 team won district championship and was regional runner-up. Coaches 16-18 GCGAA Fastpitch softball. Won four metro and national tournaments. Participated in men’s touch football 1975-1986. Fifth place in national tournament in 1984. Was member of competitive slowpitch softball team that won metro championship three years and made ten trips to nationals. Co-Ed slowptich team was national champions in 1988. Married Madeleine Loftus in 1973. They have two children, Sarah and Emily.
Native of Grain Valley, Mo. Valedictorian at Grain Valley High School. Played quarterback and led the Eagles to a league championship senior season. Played quarterback at William Jewell College, where he majored in mathematics and physical education, with minor in Spanish in 1963. Led Cardinals to conference championship and national ranking senior season. Coach and athletic director at Odessa (Mo.) high School for six seasons. Odessa football teams had combined 43-16 record. Became coach and athletic director at Moberly (Mo.) High School. Led football teams to 2-10 record in four years. Coached at Central Missouri State University where he earned M.S. and Ed.S. degrees. Became head football coach, track coach, and athletic director at Highland (Kan.) Community College. Women’s track team finished third in the nation in 1976. Later coached football at Illinois State and Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. Became fifteenth head football coach at Baker in 1980 and led Baker to first playoff appearance in school history in first year. Appointed athletic director in 1991. Guided the Wildcats to 10 NAIA playoff appearances and one bowl game in 14 years as head coach, including five NAIA semifinal appearances and one national championship appearance in 1986. His record at Baker was 123-28-1, with 10 losses coming in national playoffs. In his tenure the Wildcats were ranked in the NAIA Division II top-25 poll 129 consecutive weeks- a national record dating to 1983, the year Baker attained it’s first number one ranking. Richard had the best winning percentage (.816) of any NAIA coach at the time of his death. His teams won 10 conference championships and never finished below third. He was named conference coach of the year six times and coached over 30 NAIA All-American Scholar-Athletes and over 150 All-American, all-district, and all-conference athletes. His wife Nancy serves the University as Associate Dean of Students. Their daughter, Amy, and son, Pat, are Baker graduates.
Richard D. Hedges
Dick graduated from Blue Mound High school where he was active in a wide range of activities and athletics. He enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1956 and immediately made an impact on the football team in which sport he lettered all four years. In addition he was selected for an additional honors being named to the 1st team All Kansas Athletic Conference team in both his junior and senior years. On a national basis he was named to the 2nd team Methodist All-American squad. On campus he was a member of the Zeta Chi Fraternity and served as its president one year. He graduated in 1960 with a A.B. Degree in Social Science. Following graduation he began a career that would lead him from teaching and coaching in several high schools n the state of Kansas all the way to presidency of a University and to being named to the Kansas Board of Regents. His first coaching opportunity came in Baldwin City where his coaching influence turned around a mediocre program and made the Baldwin Bulldogs into a winning team. Five years later he moved into administration as assistant principal at Columbus, Kansas while maintaining his full-time coaching responsibilities as well. His program there was successful and he also sent several players from Columbus to Baker including previous Baker Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Ken Jones ’70. He had one additional appointment with both administrative and coaching duties for two years at Hutchinson before making an important move to Fort Scott where he was named principal in 1979. In 1983 he made a jump from high school ranks to the being named president of Fort Scott Community College, a position he retained until 1991. Following two short stints away from Fort Scott, first with private industry and letter with Johnson County Technical School he was summoned once again to take the presidency of Fort Scott Community College. He remained president until 2001. During his career he was both a member and in leadership positions with numerous civic, arts related and educational associations. He additionally has served as Mayor of Fort Scott for three terms. He earned both a Masters Degree in Secondary Education Administration and later an ED. S., Degree from Pittsburg State University. In 2004, Pittsburg State named him as their outstanding alumnus. In 2007 he was appointed to a four-year term as a member of the Kansas Board of Regents by Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius. He was married to Karen, his wife of many years who passed away in 2006. Together they have two grown sons, Lance and Kyle and six grandchildren.
Roger Anderson Farmer
Roger Farmer was born on the island of Barbados in the East Indies of the Caribbean. As a young buy he moved with his family to Brooklyn, New York where he attended Thomas Jefferson High School. There he participated in and lettered in football as a wide receiver. Following high school he attended Eastern Arizona Junior College in Thatcher, Arizona. He played one year of basketball at Eastern and two years of football where he started as a wide receiver. At the conclusion of his junior college career he received offers to play football at several universities, including NCAA division I schools. He elected to attend Baker after being aggressively recruited by a former Arizona High School Coach who was then coach of the Baker Wildcats, Joe Girardi. At Baker, Roger continued to grow and improve as a wide-out. According to former assistant coach Keith Hackett. Roger had a unique blend of speed, moves and great hands all leading to his being one of the most outstanding wide receivers ever to done a Baker jersey. In his senior year he caught 59 passes for 1,014 yards. For his efforts, he was voted to the All-Conference first team. The All-District first team and became one of the first players from Baker to receive designation as a NAIA First Team All-American. Following graduation on 1978 he went on to pursue a career in football and signed with the Baltimore Colts of the national football League. In addition to Baltimore he also was on the roster of the New York Jets for a time. At the conclusion of his NFL career he returned to the Midwest and took a position as the wide receiver coach at former Heart of America Conference rival, Tarkio College. At the insistence of his agent, he signed briefly with Montreal of the Canadian Football League before deciding to conclude his professional football career in favor of other career opportunities. Through his career he had worked as a Clinical Child Care worker and as a fire-fighter and Emergency Medical Technician where he received citations for meritorious service. He retired from firefighting due to injuries he received in 2000. Since 2001 he has worked with the city of East Providence, Rhode Island on an alternative-learning plan. In the past seven years he has continued to work with youth and athletics as a volunteer varsity football receivers coach. During that time those teams have won four championships. He also is an avid volunteer to numerous charitable activities with agencies. He has three children, Krista, and twins Marcus and Breana.