Athletics Misc (1336)
|#16 Austin Halsey|
|6-1||Washburn Rural HS|
Personal: Austin Scott Halsey is from Topeka, KS. He is the son of Scott and Jennifer Halsey. Austin has two siblings; Jacob, 22, and Caitlyn, 16. Austin attended Washburn Rural High School where he led the Junior Blues to a State Championship in 2012. He was named an All-American as well as the Kansas State Gatorade Player of the Year. Majoring in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics.
|#12 Garett Pulliam|
|Sophomore||Overland Park, Kan.|
|5-10||Barton County CC|
Personal: Garrett Christian Pulliam is from Overland Park, Kansas. His is the son of Barb and Mark Pulliam, and has one sibling. Garrett attended Blue Valley West high School where he led the Jaguars to a State Championship. He was awarded Offensive Player of the Year as well as All-State. Garrett went on to attend Barton Community College, earning 2nd Team Honors. He chose Baker over Evansville because of soccer and great academics. Majoring in Graphic Design.
|#6 Steeve Pouna|
|6-0||Liberty Christian Prep|
Personal: Essome Steeve Michael Conrad Pouna is from Douala, Cameroon. He is the son of Ongomahan Pouna. Steeve attended liberty Christian High School in Tavares, Florida, where he led the Lions to 1st in the District while earning the honor of MVP. He chose Baker over Rollins and FAU because of soccer and the academics. Majoring in Kinesiology.
|#4 Cory Center|
|5-8||Laramie County CC|
Personal: Cory William Center is from Westminster, CO, and is the son of Val and Mike Center. He attended New Vista High School, where he was the team captain. Cory went on to attend Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, WY. He chose to come to Baker for the area, the coaches, and for education. Majoring in Sports Administration.
Personal: Hannah Devi Thevarajoo was in Lawrence, KS. Also goes by Thev and Joo-Joo. Her parents are Paul and Kim Thevarajoo. She has two siblings Jasmine (16) and Morgan (20). She attended Eudora High School where she was involved in NHS, High Honor Roll, Student Council, and was a Kansas Honors & Kansas Regent Scholar. She chose Baker over Hunter College and Saint Martin University because of Bakers atmosphere, academics, and volleyball. Majoring in International Business.
|Freshman||Dodge City, Kan.|
|5-6||Dodge City HS|
Personal: Macy Anne Mock was born in China. Her parents are Craig and Janie Mock. She now lives in Dodge City, KS where she attended Dodge City High School. She was All-Conference in volleyball. Academically she was a Governors Scholar, Kansas Honors Scholar, Role model for 2015, Graduation class speaker, was on the drill team, FCA, and NHS. She chose Baker University for their volleyball team. Majoring in Exercise Science.
Position: Safeties Coach
Coach Heider joins the Baker coaching staff for the first time in 2015. He attended Baker in his freshman year on a football and baseball scholarship.
He then transferred to the University of Kansas to play football from 2000-2002 as a QB/WR under former coaches Terry Allen and Mark Mangino. He was a member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and a Jayhawk Scholar in 2001. Graduated in 2003 with B.S. degree in Journalism and Mass Communications.
After KU he spent the last 10 years climbing the Texas High School coaching ranks. He most recently was the Offensive Coordinator at Dallas Hillcrest High School in Dallas. He coached every position on the offensive side of the ball during time in Texas. He is married to the former Hayley Morgan of Lawrence.
Position: Head Track & Field Coach
Baker University Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar announced the hiring of Baker alumnus Ryan Pitts as the new head coach of the Wildcats’ track and field program in June.
Pitts graduated from Baker in 2006 after a successful career on the football field and on the track for the ‘Cats. He was named an NAIA All-American wide receiver in 2005 and was a national indoor and outdoor qualifier in the high hurdles in 2006.
He spent the last year serving the Baker football coaching staff as the wide receivers coach and the track & field coaching staff as an assistant coach focusing on the sprints, jumps and hurdle athletes.
Coach Pitts was a key contributor to the Wildcats’ four Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships this year, as they captured the men’s and women’s indoor track & field championship and the men’s and women’s outdoor track & field championships.
Baker also qualified 15 athletes to the 2015 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama in May.
Before his coaching career at Baker, Pitts served as the head girls track and field coach at Warren High School in Downey, California, from 2010 to 2012 and was the assistant track and field coach at North Torrance High School in Torrance, California, from 2007 to 2010.
Pitts will now primarily take over as the head track and field coach at Baker but will work alongside Tim Byers, the newly hired director of cross country and track and field.
Coach Byers will oversee the cross country programs as the head coach, while also serving Coach Pitts as an assistant track and field coach.
Position: Head Wrestling Coach
Cody Garcia, the head coach at Bethany College since 2014, is the new head coach of the Baker University wrestling program, Baker University Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar announced in June.
Coach Garcia will be the third head coach in program history succeeding Jimmy May and Pete Di Pol.
Garcia served as an assistant wrestling coach for the Swedes for three years before taking over as head coach during the 2014 season.
In 2014, the Swedes finished 20th at the NAIA National Championships, where Colby Crank was the 149-pound national runner-up. Seven total individuals qualified for the national championships, the highest number in program history.
This past season, Garcia led Bethany to a second place finish in the Kansas Cup competition inside Baker’s Collins Center and he helped lead 149-pound wrestler Victor Hughes to an All-America honor, the second in program history.
Garcia came to Bethany from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he served as a student assistant wrestling coach. While at UNO, Garcia coached the 2011 squad to a NCAA Division II National Championship.
Prior to coaching, Garcia was a member of the UNO wrestling team, winning individual national championships in 2006 and 2008, runner-up in 2010, and finishing third in 2009. His team won National Championships in 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010.
He was a four-time All-American and Academic All-American, graduating in 2010 with a 147-18 record, the fourth-highest number of all-time career wins at UNO since 1966. His 48 wins as a senior ranked as the second-highest number in school history, and Garcia set new UNO records of 84 career pins and 31 single-season pins.
Garcia was a three-time high school state champion and four-time state place finisher at Hutchinson High School, where he wrestled for his father, Mike.
Garcia will join the Baker family with his wife Kym and three children, Milayna, Elyza and Adryn.