Athletics Misc (1113)
|2014 Women's Soccer Schedule|
|8/23/14||Ashford University||Baldwin City, Kan. ||W, 2-1|
|8/30/14||at Westmont College||Santa Barbara, Calif.||L, 2-0|
|9/1/14||at Concordia University - Irvine||Irvine, Calif. ||L, 4-0|
|9/5/14||Manhattan Christian College||Baldwin City, Kan.||W, 8-0|
|9/10/14||Park University||Baldwin City, Kan.||W, 4-0|
|9/12/14||Wayland Baptist University||Baldwin City, Kan.||W, 1-0|
|9/13/14||Grace University (North Park)||Baldwin City, Kan.||L, 2-1|
|9/19/14||at AIB College of Business ||Des Moines, Iowa||W, 2-1|
|9/24/14||Ottawa University||Baldwin City, Kan. ||W, 2-0|
|9/27/14||Bethany College||Baldwin City, Kan.||W, 3-1|
|10/4/14||at Benedictine College*||Atchison, Kan. ||L, 3-0|
|10/11/14||Culver Stockton College*||Baldwin City, Kan.||L, 3-0|
|10/14/14||MNU*||Baldwin City, Kan.||W, 1-0|
|10/18/14||at Graceland University*||Lamoni, Iowa||W, 3-1|
|10/24/14||at Avila University* ||Kansas City, Mo.||W, 1-0|
|10/29/14||Missouri Valley College *||Baldwin City, Kan. ||T, 1-1|
|11/1/14||Central Methodist Universtiy* (Senior Night)||Baldwin City, Kan.||W, 4-0|
|11/7/14||vs No. 6 Culver-Stockton (HAAC Conference Tournament)||Baldwin City, Kan.||T, 1-1 (L, 4-1 PK's)|
|TBA||NAIA Opening Round||TBA||TBA|
|TBA||NAIA National Championship Final Site||TBA||TBA|
|*denote HAAC conference game|
|2014 Men's Soccer Schedule|
|8/22/14||Missouri Baptist University||Baldwin City, Kan. |
|8/23/14||Ashford University ||Baldwin City, Kan. ||L, 3-0|
|8/30/14||at Lindsey Wilson College ||Columbia, Ky. ||L, 2-0|
|8/31/14||vs Bethel University (at Lindsey Wilson)||Columbia, Ky.||L, 4-1|
|9/10/14||Park University||Baldwin City, Kan. ||L, 3-2|
|9/13/14||Hastings College (North Park)||Baldwin City, Kan.||W, 3-2|
|9/19/14||at AIB College of Business||Des Moines, Iowa ||W, 3-2|
|9/21/14||Bethany College ||Baldwin City, Kan.||W, 1-0|
|9/24/14||Ottawa University||Baldwin City, Kan. ||W, 4-3|
|10/4/14||at Benedictine College*||Atchison, Kan.||L, 1-0|
|10/7/14||at Oklahoma Wesleyan University||Bartlesville, Okla. ||L, 3-1|
|10/11/14||Culver Stockton College* ||Baldwin City, Kan. ||W, 2-0|
|10/14/14||MNU*||Baldwin City, Kan.||T, 1-1 (2OT)|
|10/18/14||at Graceland University*||Lamoni, Iowa||L, 2-1|
|10/24/14||at Avila University*||Kansas City, Mo. ||T, 1-1 (2OT)|
|10/29/14||Missouri Valley College* ||Baldwin City, Kan. ||L, 3-1|
|11/1/14||Central Methodist University* (Senior Night)||Baldwin City, Kan.||W, 4-1|
|11/8/14||at No. 3 Graceland (HAAC Conference Tournament)||Lamoni, Iowa||W, 2-1|
|11/12/14||at No. 2 MNU (HAAC Conference Semifinals)||Olathe, Kan.||W, 2-1|
|11/15/14||at No. 4 Culver-Stockton||Canton, Mo.||W, 3-1|
|11/22/14||at No. 1 Rio Grande (NAIA National Championship Opening Round)||Rio Grande, Ohio||L, 4-1|
|*denotes HAAC conference game|
Position: Assistant Head Football Coach
Other Position: Defensive Coordinator
Jason Thoren enters his tenth season at Baker and his ninth season overseeing the defense. Under his direction the Wildcat defensive tradition has been rebuilt to consistently perform as one of the top units in the NAIA.
The 2012 Baker defense helped lead the Wildcats to an 8-3 overall record and appearance in the NAIA Football Championship Series Playoffs. The defense ranked 19th in the NAIA in passing yards allowed per game at 171. Thoren's defense also allowed just 20.3 points per game ranking No. 22 in the country. In seven of the Wildcats eight victories, Baker held its opponents to under 20 points.
Under Thoren's leadership, sophomore defensive end Andre Jolly led the NAIA with 16 sacks and was named a 2012 NAIA-AFCA All-American.
In 2011, the Wildcat defense finished 6th in the NAIA in forced turnovers (35) , 11th in the NAIA in rush defense (98.4), 8th in the NAIA in opponent third down percentage (26.7), 16th in the NAIA in opponent first downs (167), 22nd in the NAIA in scoring defense (20.2), and 26th in the NAIA in pass defense efficiency (108.8).
The Wildcat defense finished the 2010 campaign ranked nationally as the 11th best team in scoring defense (15.7), the 16th best team in opponent third down percentage (30.1), and the 20th best team against the run (113).
In 2009, the Baker defense finished the season ranked 6th in the NAIA in total defense (262.9), 7th in the NAIA in pass defense (153.8), 7th in the NAIA in turnovers forced (31), 15th in the NAIA in opponent third down percentage (30.8), 16th in the NAIA in sacks (28), and 24th in the NAIA in scoring defense (18.9).
Before coming to Baldwin City, Thoren spent three years as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line and tight ends at NCAA Division I University of Minnesota. The Lawrence High product was a starting linebacker for the Kansas Jayhawks from 1994 to 1997 where he was an All-Big 8 and All-Big 12 selection. Thoren ended his Jayhawk career with 306 total tackles. In 2000 Thoren signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs where he competed with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe. During his high school playing career, Thoren was the recipient of the Simone Award which is given to the most outstanding high school player in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Position: Assistant Football Coach - Running Backs
Bruce Young brings over 40 years of football coaching experience to the Baker University staff. The central Iowa native and four-year football lettermen at Northwest Missouri State University, Young spent 28 years as a head high school coach in Missouri. Voted as a member of the Missouri High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999, Young amassed nearly 200 wins in his long term high school career.
At Norborne, his team of 20 players advanced to the semi-final game. At Young’s next stop with Marceline High School, they played in the first ever “Show Me Bowl” games played in St. Louis’ Busch stadium, where all 6 classes of teams came together for the state championships. Young helped build the foundation for one of the most tradition rich high school programs in the KC Metro area at Ray-Pec. While coaching there in the 1980’s and 90’s, the Panthers sent over a dozen football players to play for the Baker Wildcats.
Retiring from high school in 2000, Young came to Baker University for his first stop with the Wildcats. While at BU they played in 2 bowl games, with Young coaching the running backs and special teams.
Leaving in 2004, Coach Young headed to Avila University where he was the head coach for five years. During his tenure with the Eagles, team grade point averages improved, they had 6 Academic All-Americans, and boosted a 90% graduation rate. In his final season, Avila posted one of their best records ever, plus winning their first bowl game in the schools history, the First Down Classic win over Doane College.
After stepping down from Avila in 2009, Coach Grossner recruited Young back to Baker, returning to coach the running backs and help in the special teams area. Since returning, Young has helped in the development of some of the Wildcats best young prospects in the backfield. Long known for his “old school” coaching style, using hard work, fundamentals and playing with great intensity, Young has quickly gained the respect of Wildcat players. Assisting with recruiting efforts, Young has expanded Baker’s reach into the state of Missouri.
Coach Young and his wife, Dwyla have three grown daughters, Julie, Lindy and Kara.
Position: Associate Director of Athletics
Other Position: Head Football Coach
Mike Grossner enters his tenth season as head football coach at Baker University in 2013 and has put together six consecutive winning seasons and a 43-22 (41-17 HAAC) record in the past six years, including an NAIA playoff appearance in 2008 and 2012.
In his nine previous seasons, Baker has gone, 54-42, good for a winning percentage of .562, ranking him ninth in school history.
2012 brought the Wildcats another appearance in the NAIA Football Championship Series Playoffs. The Wildcats went 8-2 in the regular season and traveled to Fort Wayne, Ind., to take on No. 6 ranked University of St. Francis.
The Wildcats and Cougars battled throughout and the Wildcats held the high powered St. Francis offense to just 3.1 yards per carry on 41 carries, but USF held onto its lead throughout the second half and defeated Baker, 22-17.
Grossner helped lead sophomore defensive end Andre Jolly to one of the top defensive seasons in the NAIA, as the Gardner, Kan., product led the NAIA with 16 sacks and was named a NAIA-AFCA All-American. Under Grossner's leadership, 19 players earned 2012 HAAC All-Conference honors and 10 Wildcats earned the NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete award.
In 2011, Baker finished the season 7-3 and ranked 11th nationally in scoring offense, racking up over 35 points per game.Since taking over the program in 2004, Grossner has coached five NAIA first-team All-America selections, three Heart of America Athletic Conference Players of the Year and 51 NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Baker has finished in the top three in the nation in the amount of scholar-athletes the last four seasons.
Notable school records set by individual Wildcats under Grossner include points scored by a player for a season (168) and career (306), touchdowns for a season (28), passing yards for a game (433), passing yards for a season (3,185), passing yards for a career (8,278), longest field goal (62 yards), field goals in a game (5) and season (23).
Under Grossner, Baker has also led the NAIA in turnover margin in both 2008 and 2011.
Before coming to Baker, Grossner served from 2001 to 2003 as an assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and academic adviser at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. From 1997 to 2000, he was the head coach at Glendale (Ariz.) Community College, guiding the Gauchos to the 2000 national championship and earning Coach of the Year honors from the American Football Coaches Association. He was the offensive coordinator from 1990 to 1995 at Glendale before taking over as head coach. Grossner was the head coach at Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Ariz., from 1996 to 1997 and was named Arizona’s Class 4A State Coach of the Year in 1996.
A quarterback at Bethany College, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College and Northern Arizona, Grossner played professionally in NFL Europe, where he was a quarterback, offensive coordinator and head coach in Nottingham, England, and Ravenna, Italy, from 1990 to 1993, guiding both teams to the national semifinals.
Grossner and his wife, Karen, live in Baldwin City with their three children, Emma, 16, Jake, 12, and Ryker, 8.
Position: Graduate Assistant Coach
Matt Brock enters his second year as a graduate assistant coach for the Baker Wildcats. While coaching the linebackers, Brock oversaw the development of 3 All-HAAC performers in 2011. Aside from his roles with the linebacking corps, he also assisted with kick off and punt team. Brock serves as the defensive coordinator for a JV squad that finished 3-0 in 2011.
In the weight room, Brock assisted with the implementation of Bakers strength & conditioning program for football and he is currently working towards his Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist certification.
Brock is a former linebacker for the Wildcats. During his time at Baker, he recorded 277 career tackles and 7 career interceptions, while leading the conference in total tackles and tackles per game in 2010. A 2009 and 2010 all-conference selection, Brock is also a 2-time Academic All-American and earned several team MVP awards.
Brock and his wife, Alyssa, are both Baker graduates.
Lynsey Payne MS, LAT, ATC
Position: Athletic Trainer
Lynsey Payne joined the staff in 2006 as an athletic trainer and instructor. She currently assists in all aspects of the operations of the sports medicine department while also serving as an assistant professor and dance coach.
During her time at Baker, Payne has worked with 21 sports and provided care for over 400 athletes each year.
While serving as dance coach, Payne won back-to-back National titles in the NDA/NAIA Small Dance category in 2011 and 2012.
In 2013, her Dance team took fourth-place nationally in the Small Dance Category and 16th in the Hip Hop Category in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Prior to joining Baker, Payne, a native of Topeka, Kan., served area events through the Kansas Center for Athletic Medicine. During the 2004-2005 season, Payne held an internship position with the Topeka Tarantulas, formerly of the Central Hockey League.
Payne earned her bachlor's degree in athletic training from the University of Kansas in 2004 and her master's in sports administration from the University of Kansas in 2005.
Payne is a licensed athletic trainer through the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, a certified athletic trainer through the Board of Certification, a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society.
Position: Head Baseball Coach
With ties to the Baker University baseball team since 1983, Phil Hannon has served as head coach of the Wildcats since July 1999.
Hannon has brought a wealth of baseball experience to Baker. He played minor league baseball in the Chicago Cubs organization for five years and coached and managed at the minor league level for another three years.
Hannon excelled as an athlete at Lexington (Mo.) High School from 1978 to 1982, where he received multiple letters in football and baseball. Hannon continued his athletic success at Baker, where he started and lettered all four years as a wide receiver for the football team and a center fielder for the baseball team while earning a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1986.
Hannon caught the eye of scouts during his senior year at Baker and signed with the Cubs after graduation, beginning his five-year run as a player in the minor leagues where he reached the AA level in 1990. The next two years Hannon coached at Geneva, N.Y., and Huntington, W.Va., before leaving the Cubs organization in 1993 to manage the High Desert Mavericks of the California League.
Hannon and his wife, Charlene, have four children; Andy, Aaron, Annie, and Asher.
Dan O'Connell MS, LAT, ATC
Position: Athletic Trainer
Dan O'Connell enters his second season at Baker University assisting the athletic training staff. Prior to joining the Wildcats, he was a graduate assistant at Emporia State University and worked primarily with the women's basketball team while earning his masters degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.
O'Connell spent two years as a student assistant at Johnson County Community College, before transferring to Emporia State University where he completed his bachelors degree in athletic training in 2010.
O'Connell was born in Lawrence, Kan., and graduated from Lawrence High School in 2005. In his spare time, he enjoys working out and playing golf.