Dec. 16, 2010
Baker University names director of athletics
Baldwin City, Kan. – Theresa Yetmar has been named the seventh director of athletics at Baker University, Baker President Patricia N. Long announced on Thursday.
Yetmar has been the associate athletic director at Baker since 2009 and served as the assistant director of athletics under Dan Harris from 2003-2009. Harris announced his retirement from the position in the spring of 2009.
Yetmar is a 2002 Baker University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and earned an MBA from Baker in 2006. Prior to joining the Baker staff, Yetmar completed an internship at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 2002-03, where she assisted as a national championships tournament coordinator. In 2003 Yetmar returned to Baker as the assistant director of athletics, a position she held until 2009.
“Theresa Yetmar is unique because she knows us from the inside out,” said Dr. Long. “As a recognized NAIA scholar-athlete, she understands that our student athletes are students first and athletes second. The benefits of her organizational skills, business intelligence and natural rapport with students and all of our community members are obvious. I am confident that her leadership will take our program to the next level.”
Yetmar has been on both sides of the athletic department at Baker. From 1998-2002 she played varsity basketball for the Lady ‘Cats.
“Theresa was a really good team player and a very consistent shooting guard,” said head women’s basketball coach Susan Decker. “She was always someone who put our team first. I think she really understands the needs of our student-athletes having been one herself.”
Yetmar has her aspirations set high for the Baker Athletic Department. During her time as associate director of athletics, the Wildcats garnered 39 Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Players of the Week, 81 all-conference student-athletes, 41 NAIA scholar-athletes and 14 NAIA All-Americans. In 2010 Yetmar oversaw the women’s soccer team advance to its best finish in school history with a berth in the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship semifinals.
“I am extremely humbled and proud to be named the next Athletic Director at Baker University,” Yetmar said. “My journey as a Wildcat has truly come full circle, from my time as a student-athlete to now as an administrator leading the vision for our programs. We have a strong athletic tradition coupled with top-notch academics, a dynamic coaching staff who believes in winning the right way and our liberal arts mission, and student-athletes who achieve on and off the competition field. As the director of athletics, I will continue to embrace our past and recognize all of the leaders who brought us to this point while pursuing continued excellence. My goal will be to work hand-in-hand with all of our coaches, student-athletes, and alumni to elevate our programs to the next level.”
Yetmar will officially take over the position on Jan. 1, 2011.