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Assistant Director of Athletics - Communications
After serving as the Assistant Sports Information Director at Park University for four years, Tyler Price joins the Baker University athletics staff in 2012 as the Assistant Director of Athletics – Communications.
In his tenure at Park, Price served as the primary media contact for both men’s soccer and cross country in the fall, women’s basketball and men’s volleyball in the winter, as well as softball and track and field in the spring.
Price will serve as the primary liaison between Baker’s athletics programs and the public. He will be responsible for serving the needs of not only the media, but also coaches, student-athletes, supporters and fans.
For the fourth straight men’s volleyball season, Price will also work as the Mid-America Men’s Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference (MAMVIC) Sports Information Director.
In that capacity Price will work closely with all 21 institutions and will continue to monitor the conference’s website and work with institutional media relations personnel. Price will coordinate the NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Player’s of the Week along with the NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Top 10 Poll.
For his work for MAMVIC, Price was named the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NAIA Men's Volleyball SID of the Year.
Price also served as Assistant women's basketball coach at Park University during the 2011-12 season under head coach Kenneth Cooper. The Pirates began the 2011-12 campaign with one of the program's best starts posting a 10-1 record at the holiday break. Park advanced to the semifinals of the AMC conference Tournament for the second straight season, and finished with a record of 19-8 a winning percentage of .703, the second highest in program history.
Price is a proud member of NAIA-SIDA as well as CoSIDA. He has been awarded with eight NAIA-SIDA Top 10 in the Nation awards for his publications, including a second-place finish for his 2011 Park Men’s Volleyball Media Guide.
Price was also awarded with a second-plce finish in the 2013 NAIA-SIDA In-House Website contest for his work with Baker's official site for Baker University Athletics www.bakerwildcats.com. He and Assistant Director of Athletics - Operations, Andrew Patch and Neil Kubliski, Senior Director of Digital Communications & Emerging Media, were awarded for the honor.
A 2008 graduate of Kansas State University, Price spent three years in the Sports Information Department from 2005-08 as a Student Assistant. Along with assisting in the promotion of all 12 varsity sports at K-State, Price’s main responsibility was serving as the primary media contact for the women’s equestrian program.
After graduation, Price joined the Sports Information staff at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). After a few months promoting the NAIA, Price made the trek a few miles north to Parkville, Mo.
The Overland Park, Kan., native also worked in sports broadcasting early in his career, spending two summers working at NBC KSHB-TV in Kansas City as an Associate Sports Producer for the 38 Sports Spot television program and all evening KSHB-TV newscasts.
Price is an avid Kansas City sports fan and enjoys watching all Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Kansas State athletic events.
He lives in Overland Park, Kan., with his daughter Maria.
|2014 Football Roster|
|1||Josh Finau||LB||Sr.||6-0||236||Lawndale, Calif.||Cerritos College|
|2||Ladai Shawn Boose||QB/WR||Fr.||5-10||195||San Diego, Calif.||Kearny HS|
|3||Justice Berry||WR||Sr.||6-3||210||Gardner, Kan.||Indiana State|
|4||Tye Hughes||WR||Fr.||5-11||170||Lawrence, Kan.||Lawrence Free State HS|
|5||Keith Loneker Jr.||LB||Fr.||6-2||225||Lawrence, Kan.||Free State HS|
|6||Dylan Perry||WR||Jr.||6-1||180||Lawrence, Kan.||Free State HS|
|7||Nick Marra||QB||So.||6-1||205||Gilroy, Calif.||DeAnza Community College|
|8||T.J. Holtrop||TE||Jr.||6-2||218||Phoenix, Ariz.||Mountain Pointe HS|
|9||Andrew Augsburger||TE||Sr.||6-6||240||Phoenix, Ariz.||Glendale CC|
|10||Adam Lomenick||QB||So.||6-1||190||Bristow, Okla.||Bristow HS|
|11||Logan DeGraeve||WR||Sr.||5-11||178||De Soto, Kan.||De Soto HS|
|12||Jaylan Addison||WR||Fr.||6-1||185||El Paso, Texas||Chapin HS|
|13||Scott Meyer||RB||Sr.||5-9||185||Mission, Texas||Sharyland HS|
|13||Davis Anders||WR||Fr.||6-2||180||Eaton, Colo.||Eaton HS|
|14||James Valentine||QB||Fr.||6-0||170||Platte City, Mo.||Platte County HS|
|15||Jake Heller||QB||Jr.||6-1||185||Lenexa, Kan.||St. James Academy|
|16||Bennett White||QB||Fr.||6-0||190||Tulsa, Okla.||Booker T. Washington HS|
|16||Tywonn Moss||WR||Fr.||6-3||190||Conroe, Texas||Conroe HS|
|17||Daichi Kozu||DB||Jr.||5-11||174||Tokyo, Japan||Palomar CC|
|17||Trace Oliver||DB||Fr.||6-1||175||Blue Springs, Mo.||Blue Springs HS|
|18||Preston Schenck||DB||Sr.||5-11||196||Lawrence, Kan.||Free State HS|
|18||Chris Heller||WR||Fr.||6-2||185||Lawrence, Kan.||Free State HS|
|19||Logan Brettell||QB/K||Fr.||6-0||190||Overland Park, Kan.||Blue Valley HS|
|20||Alex Baird||DB||So.||5-11||175||Overland Park, Kan.||Blue Valley HS|
|21||Mike Stevenson||DB||Sr.||5-10||175||Edmond, Okla.||Central Oklahoma University|
|21||RJ Jones||LB||So.||5-9||175||Tecumseh, Kan.||Shawnee Heights HS|
|22||Camren Torneden||RB||Sr.||5-8||180||Lawrence, Kan.||Univ. of Central Missouri|
|22||Gage Peters||DB||Fr.||5-10||175||Kansas City, Kan.||J.C. Harmon HS|
|23||Duane Sims||DB||Sr.||5-10||170||Wichita, Kan.||Hutchinson CC|
|23||Josh Chalker||DB||Fr.||6-0||175||Overland Park, Kan.||Blue Valley HS|
|24||DeAndre Turner-Fults||RB||Fr.||5-10||173||El Paso, Texas||Chapin HS|
|24||Eli Stout||RB||Fr.||5-9||175||Columbia, Mo.||Columbia Rock Bridge HS|
|25||Jacob Tompkins||WR/P||Fr.||5-10||175||Maysville, Ky.||Mason County HS|
|26||Spartak Rahachou||RB||Jr.||5-9||188||Minsk, FC||Johnson County CC|
|26||Ross Bishop||WR||Sr.||5-10||180||Franklin, Texas||Incarnate Word University|
|27||Adonis Powell||RB||So.||5-9||180||El Paso, Texas||Hanks HS|
|28||Cornell Brown||WR||Fr.||5-9||180||Baldwin City, Kan.||Baldwin HS|
|29||Gunnar McKenna||DB||Sr.||5-9||174||Holton, Kan.||Holton HS|
|29||Andrew Zeitlow||FB||Fr.||5-10||210||McPherson, Kan.||McPherson HS|
|30||Ryan Good||RB||Jr.||6-1||214||Amsterdam, Mo.||Miami R-1 HS|
|31||Jordan Brown||RB||Fr.||5-8||206||Lawrence, Kan.||Lawrence HS|
|32||Alex Stebbins||RB||Jr.||6-1||248||Pinetop, Ariz.||Blue Ridge HS|
|32||Estin McGraw||LB||Fr.||6-1||185||Gill, Colo.||Eaton HS|
|33||Anthony Kubas||DB||Fr.||6-2||170||Edwardsville, Kan.||Bonner Springs HS|
|34||Taylor Stuart||TE||Sr.||6-1||223||Lawrence, Kan.||Coffeyville CC|
|34||Ian Calkins||TE||Fr.||6-1||205||Shawnee, Kan.||Mill Valley HS|
|35||Michael Igwe||RB||Fr.||5-11||210||Houston, Texas||Fort Bend Travis HS|
|36||Avery Parker||DB||So.||5-9||170||Lenexa, Kan.||Olathe Northwest HS|
|37||Nick Frank||DB||So.||5-8||170||Grandview, Mo.||Grandview HS|
|38||Hayden Jenkins||DB||Fr.||5-9||165||Topeka, Kan.||Washburn Rural HS|
|38||Masaddiq Muhammed||DB||Fr.||5-11||180||Inkster, Mich.||Harry S. Truman HS|
|39||Cedric Williams||DB||Jr.||5-7||143||Grandview, Mo.||Grandview HS|
|40||McLain Clemens||RB||Sr.||5-10||180||Enid, Okla.||Enid HS|
|41||Bradyn Meyer||LB||Fr.||5-11||180||Yukon, Okla.||Yukon HS|
|42||Eli Stout||RB||Fr.||5-9||175||Columbia, Mo.||Columbia Rock Bridge HS|
|43||Knute Holden||FB||Fr.||5-10||225||Shawnee, Kan.||Mill Valley HS|
|44||Everett Basham||LB||Fr.||6-0||210||Aurora, Mo.||Aurora HS|
|45||Byron Roath||DB||Jr.||6-0||175||Kansas City, Kan.||Independence CC|
|46||Sean Driskill||LB||So.||6-0||187||Lee's Summit, Mo.||Lee's Summit West HS|
|47||Tucker Pauley||LB||Jr.||5-10||200||Grain Valley, Mo.||Grain Valley HS|
|47||Alec Bullimore||LB||Fr.||6-1||165||St. Joseph, Mo.||Mid Buchanan HS|
|48||JT Tucker||LB||Fr.||5-10||220||Lamar, Mo.||Lamar HS|
|49||Luke Taylor||RB||Fr.||5-10||205||Leawood, Kan.||Shawnee Mission East HS|
|49||Troy Periman||TE||Fr.||6-3||235||Gardner, Kan.||Gardner-Edgerton HS|
|50||Kharon Brown||LB||So.||5-10||240||Lawrence, Kan.||Lawrence HS|
|51||Jacob Thomas||LB||Fr.||5-10||215||El Paso, Texas||Chapin HS|
|52||Nick Becker||DE||So.||6-3||248||Eudora, Kan.||Eudora HS|
|52||Logan Schenck||LB||Fr.||6-0||190||Oklahoma City, Okla.||Yukon HS|
|53||Tandy Hall||LB||Fr.||6-1||200||Oak Grove, Mo.||Oak Grove HS|
|54||Myron Tipton||DL||Jr.||6-1||255||Overland Park, Kan.||Olathe East HS|
|55||Blake Winslow||LB||Fr.||5-11||215||Lawrence, Kan.||Free State HS|
|56||Sam Wescott||LB||So.||6-0||203||Wichita, Kan.||Kapuan Mt. Carmel HS|
|57||Sheldon Jacks||OL||Jr.||6-1||291||Lakeside, Ariz.||Blue Ridge HS|
|57||Sawyer Meese||OL||Fr.||6-2||295||Independence, Mo.||Archbishop O'Hara HS|
|58||Sione Maumau||DL||Fr.||5-11||240||Highland Ranch,Colo.||Valor Christian HS|
|59||Daniel Sumler||LS/OL||Jr.||5-10||230||Anderson, Mo.||McDonald County HS|
|60||Greg Snell||OL||So.||6-4||260||Eudora, Kan.||Eudora HS|
|61||Jace Hale||OL||Fr.||6-0||280||St. Robert, Mo.||Waynesville HS|
|62||Cale Nieder||OL||Jr.||6-1||245||Lawrence, Kan.||Free State HS|
|63||Travis Ray||DL||Jr.||6-0||307||Peculair, Mo.||Raymore-Peculiar HS|
|64||Jarrod Kaup||OL||So.||6-1||260||Eudora, Kan.||Eudora HS|
|64||Austin Shrout||OL||Fr.||6-0||260||Blue Springs, Mo.||Blue Springs HS|
|65||Alex Ekins||OL||So.||6-2||295||Boise, Idaho||Capital HS|
|66||Tanner Clark||OL||Jr.||6-1||265||Holton, Kan.||Holton HS|
|66||Tyler Sheppard||DL||So.||5-10||262||Locust Grove, Okla||Locust Grove HS|
|67||Levi Blaylock||OL||So.||6-0||265||Newton, Kan.||Newton HS|
|68||Matthew Holland||DE||Sr.||5-11||254||Erie, Kan.||Erie HS|
|69||Ryan Powe||OL||So.||6-6||298||El Paso, Texas||Franklin HS|
|70||Kyle Wittman||OL||Fr.||6-1||280||Lawrence, Kan.||Lawrence HS|
|71||Jarred Fromm||OL||So.||6-1||290||Newton, Kan.||Newton HS|
|72||Jess Westmoreland||OL||Jr.||6-2||295||Hutchinson, Kan.||Hutchinson CC|
|73||Parks Boeschen||OL||So.||6-4||260||Columbia, Mo.||Columbia Rock Bridge HS|
|74||Michael Lisher||OL||Sr.||6-3||298||Lawrence, Kan.||Washburn University|
|74||Damon Gebhardt||OL||Fr.||6-2||290||Sparks, Nev.||Reed HS|
|75||Jesse Austin||OL||Jr.||6-5||315||Baldwin City, Kan.||Baldwin City HS|
|76||Justin McCandless||OL||Sr.||6-3||299||Lawrence, Kan.||Free State HS|
|76||Clay Sears||DL||Fr.||5-11||255||Independence, Kan.||Independence HS|
|77||Mac Yust||OL||Fr.||6-0||285||Seneca, Mo.||Seneca HS|
|78||Nadir Zayyad||DL||So.||6-1||265||Overland Park, Kan.||Blue Valley West HS|
|80||Colter Schacher||TE||Sr.||6-1||237||Harrisonville, Mo.||Archie R-V HS|
|81||Jeremy Immenschuh||WR||Jr.||5-10||182||Perry, Kan.||Perry-Lecompton HS|
|81||Samuel Clemens||WR||Fr.||5-8||165||Enid, Okla.||Enid HS|
|82||Jaylen Rose||WR||Fr.||6-0||215||Austin, Texas||Lyndon B. Johnson HS|
|83||Jesse Mathews||WR||So.||6-1||175||Edmond, Okla.||Edmond North HS|
|84||Adam Novak||DE||So.||6-2||230||Leavenworth, Kan.||Bishop Miege HS|
|84||Dylan Good||TE||Fr.||6-3||200||Amsterdam, Mo.||Miami R-1 HS|
|85||Clarence Clark||WR/K||So.||5-10||190||Phoenix, Ariz.||Brophy Prep HS|
|85||Morgan Roth||TE||Fr.||6-2||220||Osawatomie, Kan.||Osawatomie HS|
|86||Birdsong Warren||WR||Fr.||6-2||175||Lee's Summit, Mo.||Lee's Summit West HS|
|87||Connor Stremel||WR||Sr.||6-1||180||Lawrence, Kan.||Free State HS|
|87||Trey McGuire||TE||So.||6-2||220||Ashland, Mo.||Southern Boone County HS|
|88||Aundre Allen||WR||Sr.||5-10||183||Lawrence, Kan.||Free State HS|
|89||Michael Thomason||WR||Jr.||6-2||197||Independence, Mo.||St. Mary's HS|
|90||Ryan Hicks||DE||So.||6-1||191||De Soto, Kan.||De Soto HS|
|91||Andre Jolly||DE||Sr.||6-0||225||Gardner, Kan.||Butler CC|
|92||Rolando Perez||K||So.||5-11||216||El Paso, Texas||Clint HS|
|93||Matt Maumalanga||DL||So.||6-1||260||Wichita, Kan.||Andover HS|
|93||Loic Vaugirard||DL||Fr.||6-3||250||Los Angeles, Calif.||Cathedral HS|
|94||Thomas Shefelton||LS||Sr.||6-0||198||Junction City, Kan.||Dodge City CC|
|95||Joshua Seybert||TE||So.||6-1||205||Lawrence, Kan.||Lawrence HS|
|96||Nick Shondell||DL||So.||5-11||245||Roeland Park, Kan.||Bishop Miege HS|
|96||Devon Brown||DE||Fr.||6-4||230||Sicklerville, N.J.||Winslow Township HS|
|97||Josh Kock||DL||Fr.||6-0||260||Concordia, Mo.||Concordia HS|
|98||Abram Garcia||K||Fr.||6-4||235||Freeport, Texas||Brazosport HS|
|99||Ben Seybert||DE||Jr.||6-2||215||Lawrence, Kan.||Lawrence HS|
|*17||Preston Randolph||DB||Sr.||6-1||193||Lawrence, Kan.||Coffeyville CC|
|*42||Matt Bush||LB||Fr.||6-1||210||Columbia, Mo.||Columbia Rock Bridge HS|
|*95||Tyrell Everett||DL||Sr.||6-1||263||Topeka, Kan.||Butler CC|
*indicates red-shirt player
Position: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Terry Zerr, known as Coach Z brings enthusiasm, coaching experience and knowledge of the Heart of America Athletic Conference to Coach Dooley’s staff. Zerr, beginning his 14th season at BU, originally joined the Wildcat staff under longtime head coach Rick Weaver from 1997 to 2001 and returned for his second stint at the start of the 2004-2005 season.
The Hays, Kansas native began his coaching career at Eudora High School, where he served as the head boys basketball coach from 1990-1997. Between his two Baker stints, Coach Z served as an assistant coach for Mike Jeffers at Johnson County Community College, in the highly respected Jayhawk Junior College Conference.
As the top assistant, Coach Zerr will handle scouting, practice and game planning, player development, and coordinate recruiting efforts. He also will serve as a student-athlete mentor for the Wildcat basketball program.
Zerr has a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University and a master’s degree from the University of Kansas.
Position: Head Cheer Coach
Allyssa King enters her third year as the Head Cheer Coach at Baker University. During her first year, King led the Wildcats to a third-place finish in the HAAC Co-ed competition.
In 2013, Baker Baker finished second in the small coed cheer competition to Missouri Valley and second in the mascot division and helped the Spirit Squad capture the overall HAAC Championship banner.
King was a member of the Baker Cheerleading program from 2004-2008, where she served as the captain for two years. In 2008, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Baker and currently works for the American Royal as the Event Coordinator for Equine Events.
Lynn Bott, MS, LAT, ATC
Position: Director of Sports Medicine
Lynn Bott has been a certified athletic trainer since 1976. Before joining the Baker staff in 2005, he served The University of Kansas, first as an assistant athletic trainer under legendary Dean Nesmith for eight years, and then the director of athletic training services through 2004.
Bott has been involved professionally at the state, district and national levels. He has served as President of the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society and the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association and served on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Board of Directors as the District 5 Director.
Bott was awarded the KATS Outstanding Service Award in 2000, Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2005, inducted in the Kansas Athletic Trainer’s Society Hall of Fame 2006, inducted in the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 2009, awarded the 2009 NAIA Athletic Trainer of the Year, inducted in the University of Kansas Athletic Training Hall of Fame 2009, inducted in the NATA Hall of Fame in 2010 and inducted in the ESU HPER Alumni Hall of Fame in 2011.
A native of Dighton, Kan., Bott graduated from Emporia State University in 1975. He received his Master’s Degree in physical education specializing in athletic training from the University of Arizona in 1976. He and wife, Debbie, married now 38 years, have resided in Lawrence, Kan., for 36 years. Lynn and Debbie are the proud parents of two children, Mindi and Jason. Mindi currently resides in Manhattan, Kan., with her husband Brian Kastning and their children Lilian, Nicholas, Ericson, and Analee. Jason currently resides in Baldwin City, Kan., with his wife, Heather.
Orange is the official color for the Baker WIldcats. Each team has the option to accent with either black or navy.
The following teams official colors are Orange & Black:
- Cross Country M&W
- Track & Field
The following teams official colors are Orange & Navy:
- Basketball M&W
- Golf M&W
- Soccer M&W
- Tennis M&W
Position: Head Wrestling Coach
A veteran wrestling coach from Nevada and Missouri, Jimmy May joined the Baker staff in 2008 to develop Wildcats' wrestling program, which began competition in the fall of 2009. In the program's first two seasons, the Wildcats compiled an 11-0 in dual record, finished second in the Kansas Cup, third in the Central Region and 16th in the NAIA National Championships, which qualified them for the prestigious NWCA Cliff Keen National Dual Championships. In the 3rd year of the program, Baker Wresting finished 9th in the NAIA rankings and had 4 NAIA All-Americans, increasing the All-American total to 6 wrestlers in the span of just 3 seasons.
May served the Clark County (Nevada) School District from 1977 to 2008 as athletic director, dean, teacher and coach. He coached in the Nevada high school system for 31 years, along with a two-year stint as an assistant wrestling coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As a head wrestling coach at Eldorado High School, May's teams won 18 (4A) Regional Championships and 10 (4A) Nevada State Championships. He coached 63 individual state champions and 19 high school All-Americans. His historic run of state championships has been highlighted as the "Dynasty in the Desert," and the wrestling facility at Eldorado High School is named in his honor. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Wrestling Coaches Association. In 2009 Coach May was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Nevada Chapter) and Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame.
May is a cum laude graduate from the University of Central Missouri and earned his master's degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. May was a two-time MIAA Champion and a member of the University of Central Missouri Wrestling Hall of Fame. Coach May is the father of three children, April, Danny and Heidi.
Position: Assistant Football Coach - Defensive Line
Jerry Aligo enters his twelfth consecutive season at Baker, but his history as a Baker coach dates to the Charlie Richard era. Aligo coached at Baker from 1988 to 1991 before serving as head coach for 15 years at McLouth High School and an assistant at Baldwin High for two years. He rejoined the Baker staff in 2002 and is a teacher at McLouth High School. The New Jersey native was an All-Conference and All-District 10 performer at defensive tackle for McPherson College in 1977.
Aligo's experience and knowledge of the game makes him a great asset to the Wildcat football program. Since joining Coach Grossner’s staff in 2003, he has been instrumental in the development of several All-American and All-Conference defensive linemen. During Aligo’s time at Baker, the Wildcat front four has continuously ranked as one of the top defensive units in the country.
He and his wife, Linn, have two adult children, Scott and Tony.
Position: Graduate Assistant Coach
A recent graduate of Baker University, Connor Bechard will embark on his second season on the coaching staff for the 2013-2014 season. Bechard graduated in 2012 with a B.S. in Physical Education & Health, and will pursue his Masters in Education from the Baker University School of Education.
Bechard was a member of the BU Men's Basketball team from 2007-2012 and red-shirted his freshman season. During his 5 years, many changes occured within the program, including the on-court success of the Wildcats. Bechard was voted a team captain his senior season, and the Wildcats enjoyed their most successful season in over 15 years. BU finished the season in 3rd place in the HAAC conference standings and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament.
Bechard grew up in Gardner, Kan., and attended Gardner Edgerton High School. His father, Don Bechard, was his high school basketball coach. Don died of cancer in 2008, yet still remains the largest influence on Connor's decision to pursue teaching and coaching as his profession.
Connor's immediate family consists of his mother, Jan, and two younger sisters, Lauren (20) and Addison (17).
Position: Head Men's Basketball Coach
In his first season as the head coach of the Wildcats, Sean Dooley led the WIldcats to a winning record of 15-14 and finished sixth in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings.
Baker jumped out to an impressive 6-1 start and won six straight from Nov. 6 - Nov. 20. The Wildcats then went 8-10 throughout the HAAC regular season and took on MidAmerica Nazarene in the First Round of the HAAC conference tournament competing with the nationally ranked Pioneers all the way until the final whistle, eventually falling to MNU, 69-68.
Baker earned awards both for their ability on the floor and in the classroom under Dooley's leadership in 2012-13, as Ben Steinlage earned a spot on the HAAC Second Team All-Conference and Cory Anderson was named to the HAAC Honorable Mention All-Conference team.
As a team, Baker was named a NAIA Scholar Team and was awarded the inaugural National Association of Basketball Coaches Team Academic Excellence Award for accumulating a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Individually, four Wildcats were named to the NABC Honors Court for earning a GPA of 3.2 or higher, as Kevin Lysaught Steinlage, Julian Mills and E.J. Carter all took home the honor. Lysaught also became one of just 60 men's basketball players in the NAIA Division I to earn the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award.
On April 27, 2012, Dooley was named the 26th head coach in Baker University men’s basketball history. Dooley comes to Baker after serving as NAIA Hall of Fame Coach Bob Burchard’s lead assistant for the past five seasons at Columbia College. There, Dooley was in charge of several areas including, recruiting, scouting, player development, and monitoring of academic performance.
While at Columbia, Dooley helped guide the Cougars to an overall record of 121-49 (.712) including two regular season American Midwest Conference Championships. During his time with the Cougars, the team also enjoyed many post-season successes including, winning the American Midwest Conference Tournament Championship in 2009 and 2012, and making four NAIA Division I National Tournament appearances (2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012).
In 2012, the Cougars advanced to the Sweet 16, and in 2009 they made it further than any other team in school history by participating in the National Championship game. With Dooley’s assistance, Columbia has been highly regarded as one of the top defensive teams in the NAIA. The Cougars were ranked as the number 1 team in scoring defense for the 2011 season, and ranked number 2 for the 2012 season.
During his career at Columbia, Dooley helped many of his players earn individual accolades, both on the court and in the classroom. Over the five year period, four were named NAIA All Americans, 11 were named to the American Midwest All Conference Team; including the 2011 Freshman of the Year, 2011 Newcomer of the Year and the 2012 Conference Player of the Year. The Cougar student-athletes achieved equal level of success in the classroom with 24 being named to the American Midwest Academic All-Conference Team, and eight earning NAIA Scholar Athlete honors.
Dooley began his collegiate coaching career when he assisted another NAIA Hall of Fame Coach, Larry Holley, at William Jewell College. Dooley was an assistant at Jewell for three seasons, and held multiple titles while on staff. He was the Head Coach of the junior varsity squad during his first two seasons with the Cardinals, while also assisting the varsity squad with scouting, recruiting, and leading their strength and conditioning program. During his last season with the Cardinals, he was Coach Holley’s lead assistant and directed all of William Jewell’s recruiting efforts. During his time at William Jewell, Dooley helped guide the Cardinals to three consecutive winning seasons, which included two appearances in the NAIA Division II National Tournament. Due to the team’s success, several Cardinals were recognized for their play, including 10 named to the Heart of America All Conference team, and four named NAIA Division II All-Americans.
Prior to his career at William Jewell, Dooley was a graduate assistant in the athletics department at University of Missouri-Kansas City. While at UMKC, Dooley was the athletics department promotions coordinator and assisted with game operations, ticket sales, and various marketing and sponsorship campaigns. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration in May 2004.
Dooley began his collegiate playing career in 1998 at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, playing for the legendary Fred Pohlman. While at Penn Valley, Dooley made the All-Region Team both in his freshman and sophomore seasons, and helped lead the team during his sophomore season to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. After two seasons at Penn Valley, Dooley moved on to Columbia College to complete his collegiate career. While at Columbia, the Cougars went 57-12, won one American Midwest Conference Regular Season championship, won one American Midwest Conference Tournament Championship and advanced to two NAIA Division I National Tournaments. For his efforts, Dooley was named to the American Midwest Conference First Team during both seasons at Columbia. He concluded his time at Columbia by being named Columbia College Male Athlete of the Year and earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Business Administration degree in May 2002.
Sean and his wife, Nikki, have two sons, Jackson (10) and Joey (3), and a daughter, Jordyn (1).