Position: Head Women's Basketball Coach
Two-time Heart of America Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Ben Lister enters his fifth season as head coach of the Wildcats in 2015-16.
His team is coming off its second-straight appearance in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Tournament and another 20-win season, its third-straight.
Also for the third-straight season under Lister's leadership, the women's basketball program earned a NAIA All-American. As senior Kyrstie Ehm was named to the 2014-15 NAIA Honorable Mention All-America team.
Also for the second-straight season, junior center Macy Wallisch earned the Heart Defensive Player of the Year award and ranked No. 1 in the country in total blocks with 83.
Baker went 21-10 on the year and finished in third place in the Heart standings at, 13-5. The Wildcats entered the NAIA National Tournament as the No.¬†7 seed in its bracket and took on No. 2 Oklahoma Baptist in the First Round of the tournament¬†inside the Independence Events Center in Independence, Missouri. The Wildcats eventually fell, 52-47, to the Bison to end its season.
In just his third season at the helm of the Baker University women's basketball program, head coach Ben Lister took a program with just six victories in 2011-12 to a 27-7 and 17-1 Heart regular season championship record in 2013-14.
Under Lister's leadership the Wildcats also qualified for the 2014 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament for the first time in program history and with its 74-61 win over No. 23 ranked University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) in the first round, Baker captured its first-ever postseason victory at the NAIA Division I level.
For the second-straight season Lister was named the Heart Coach of the Year and senior point guard BriAnna Garza was named the 2013-14 Heart Player of the Year and sophomore center Macy Wallisch earned the 2013-14 Heart Defensive Player of the Year award.
Garza was also named a 2013-14 NAIA Third-Team All-American and 2013-14 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Teammates Shea Shoemaker and Kyrstie Ehm also earned postseason honors, as Shoemaker was named to the All-Heart Second Team and Ehm earned a spot on the All-Heart Third Team. Baker also ended the 2013-14 season ranked No. 11 in the final 2013-14 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25, BU's highest-ever ranking.
Lister captured his first 20-win season at Baker in 2012-13 program and earned his first Heart of America Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award.
Under his leadership, Baker went 20-12 overall and 12-6 in the Heart, good for a tie of third-place in the conference standings. The Wildcats then advanced to the semifinals of the HAAC conference tournament, where they battled with No. 1 seeded MNU all the way to the end, eventually falling to the Pioneers, 59-55.
Lister also guided Alisha Fanshier to a first-team All-Heart selection and NAIA Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2012-13 and Rece Huddlin to a third-team All-Heart honor. Both Fanshier and Huddlin were brought to Baker University by Coach Lister. Fanshier played for Lister her entire collegiate career, two years at Baker and two at Barton Community College.
Lister served as the assistant coach for four years at Barton Community College, where he was a part of two Jayhawk West titles for the Cougars, including a 34-3 mark during the 2007-08 season when Barton finished fourth in the nation. In his first four seasons coaching college, Lister compiled a 48-4 conference record.
Before Barton, Lister spent two years as the head coach for Manhattan Christian College (Kan.), compiling a 44-23 record. During his time at MCC, the team captured back-to-back regular-season conference championships, going undefeated both years in conference play. MCC captured a regional and conference championship in 2005-06, finishing with a 27-7 record to rank third all-time on the school charts.
Coach Lister was named Central Region Coach of the Year in 2005-06. During his two years, MCC produced seven all-conference players, seven all-region players, two regional MVPs, one conference MVP and three All-Americans.
- 2013-14 Heart of America Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Coach of the Year
- 2012-13 Heart of America Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Coach of the Year
- Led the Wildcats to its first HAAC regular season championship since 1983
- Captured the first win in program history at the 2014 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Tournament
- Three teams finished ranked in the top 15 nationally
- Five out of six teams programs finished first or second in the conference
- In six years of coaching his teams have averaged 23 wins per season
- Coached 23 all-conference players, 12 all-region players, and five All-Americans