In his first season as UT Tyler head coach, Kevin Baker led the Patriots to the most wins in school history (18), while reaching the American Southwest Conference semi-finals for the first time in program-history. As a result of his success in his first season, Coach Baker was named the ASC East Division Co-Coach of the Year.
Under Baker, the Patriots were the fourth-leading scoring team in the conference, averaging 67.8 points per game. UT Tyler was also stingy on defense, ranking as the third-stingiest in the ASC, giving up just 58.7 points per game, just 1.9 points off the conference-best.
In 2012-13, Baker coached four All-ASC performers, including Brittany King (2E), She'Cara Humphrey (2E), Teylor Seals (HME) and Danai Woods (HME), with Seals and Woods also being named to the All-Defensive Team, a mark of Coach Baker's emphasis on defense.
From December 1 to December 31, UT Tyler won seven games in-a-row, giving up just 52 points per game and scoring 73 per game during the streak, the second-longest in program history.
Kevin Baker was named the head women’s basketball coach
at The University of Texas at Tyler in May of 2012 and begins his first season with the Patriots.
Baker, a native of Lufkin, comes to UT Tyler after serving for
five years as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Division II
Lone Star Conference power West Texas A&M.
In his five seasons in Canyon, Baker helped lead the Lady Buffs
to a 120-36 record and three LSC championships.
The team has been ranked in the top ten nationally for the past five
seasons, and has made four trips to the NCAA tournament, including a run to the
Elite Eight in 2008-09.
As the recruiting coordinator for the Lady Buffs, Baker
signed nine All-Lone Star Conference players and one All-American, including
four all-state players in 2011.
Prior to his stint at West Texas A&M, Baker was one of
the top high school girls coaches in Texas, posting a career record of 222-101.
He is well-known in East Texas, having served as the Girls Athletic Coordinator
and head coach at Palestine from 1998-2000, and the head coach at Nacogdoches
from 2000-2003. He also served as head coach at Copperas Cove and Commerce as
well as the assistant at Hudson and Princeton.
Baker earned two degrees from Stephen F. Austin State,
receiving his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 1994 before continuing to
earn his master’s in 1996.
Baker is the the third coach for the UT Tyler women’s
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