Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 25

BAKER PROUD | Summer 2019

stage
Opening Round, and the conference
tournament title was the first in
program history. Olivia Brees was
named NAIA National Pitcher of the
Year, and for the second time was
named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team and was
a repeat honoree as the Academic
All-America Team Member of the
Year.

Outdoor Track and Field
Baker qualified 11 men and seven
women for the NAIA Outdoor Track
and Field Championships in Gulf
shores, Alabama, on May 23-25.
Greg Flores finished runner-up in
the men's marathon. By finishing
in the top eight in their events, four
individuals and the members of the
women's 4 x 400 relay were named
All Americans.

National Recognition

NAIA National Pitcher of the Year and
Google Cloud Academic All-American
Team Member of the Year

Olivia Brees

Thoren prepared to take
Wildcat football helm
After conducting a national search, the Baker University Athletic Department named Jason Thoren the head
football coach on February 22. Thoren joined the Baker
coaching staff 15 years ago, serving as the defensive
coordinator for the last 14 seasons. He takes over the
reins of a program that has won four consecutive Heart
of America South Division championships.
"I am very excited for the future," said Athletic Director
Nate Houser, '94. "Jason has been successful throughout his
career. His experience on the field and in the classroom will
continue to put our student-athletes in the best position for success
now and in the future."
During Thoren's 15 seasons, eight Baker defensive players have earned
All-American honors, and the Baker defense is routinely considered one of the
top in the NAIA. Thoren's leadership has been recognized by the Heart of America Athletic Conference, which named him Heart Assistant Coach of the Year the
last three years. He is excited to move into the head coaching role for the 2019
season.
"Getting this position means a great deal to me," Thoren said. "This will
be my 16th season at Baker and most of my professional life has been geared
toward improving Baker football. I'm excited to work with all of our wonderful
young men and contribute to our great university."
Thoren, who grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, played football at the University
of Kansas. From 1994 to 1997, he was a standout linebacker for the Jayhawks and
earned All-Big 8 and All-Big 12 honors.
"The connections acquired from growing up in this area will be beneficial
to our program," Thoren said. "Growing up in Lawrence, from a football standpoint, will be very beneficial. The football environment that I was raised in was a
unique experience that was created from the tremendous leadership within our
school system as well as the history of those that came before us."
Baker football finished the 2018 season ranked fifth in the country. The Wildcats kicked off their 2019 season on August 31, when they traveled to
Culver-Stockton College before their home opener on September 7, against
Grand View.

25



Baker Proud Summer 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Baker Proud Summer 2019

No label
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - No label
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - Cover2
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 1
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 2
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 3
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 4
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 5
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 6
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 7
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 8
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 9
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 10
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 11
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 12
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 13
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 14
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 15
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 16
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 17
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 18
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 19
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 20
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 21
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 22
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 23
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 24
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 25
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 26
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 27
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 28
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 29
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 30
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 31
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 32
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - 33
Baker Proud Summer 2019 - Cover4
http://www.brightcopy.net/allen/bakp/Summer2019
http://www.brightcopy.net/allen/bakp/Summer2018
http://www.brightcopy.net/allen/bakp/Fall2017
http://www.brightcopy.net/allen/bakp/Spring2017
http://www.brightcopy.net/allen/bakp/fall2016
http://www.brightcopy.net/allen/bakp/spring2016
http://www.brightcopy.net/allen/bakp/fall2015
https://www.nxtbook.com/allen/bakp/spring2015
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com