Another era begins for Rambelle basketball

Kevin Baker accepts role as new women’s head basketball coach

By Erika Walker
On May 1, 2015

Rumors and speculation were finally put to rest Thursday, April 23 when Kevin Baker was announced as the new women’s basketball head coach in an official press conference.

“I am honored and grateful to be here,” Baker said. “This is one of those things when you’re a young coach starting out, you don’t really know what your career is going to bring you to. You really don’t know–right now it’s pretty surreal that I’m standing here before you.”

President Brian J. May Ph.D, said he believes ASU has the best cadre of coaches not only in the Lone Star Conference, but in all of Division II.

“I can tell you when I met Kevin, and you look at his record and what he’s done as an assistant coach at West Texas A&M University; he was the head recruiter there–they put up an amazing record,” May said. “WT is of course a powerhouse in women’s basketball.”

Baker’s career record does not stop there, and he is no stranger to Division II basketball. Following his time at West Texas A&M University, he was a head coach at the University of Texas at Tyler, where he put up conference championships and won coach of the year.

“He brings the right stuff, and he does it the right way,” May said. “Not only did he do that, but he’s extremely accomplished at the high school level where he got coach of the year at several different classifications.”

Baker said his career path was not an easy one, but there is nothing in the world he would trade it for.

“I think your career is only going to go as far as the mountains you choose to climb,” Baker said. “Every time I climbed a mountain, I just found another mountain.”

Baker said that people do not always get what they truly deserve in life, but it has helped him learn to be better and become an embodiment of his career.

“A lot of times you are going to get turned down for a job promotion and things aren’t going to go your way,” Baker said. “But you almost always get what you earn. We have to get back to earning it–plain and simple. That’s how you win in basketball, but that’s how most likely you’re going to win in life.”

Baker said he is excited to be at ASU simply because it took him 21 years to reach this point in his life.

“I think the first thing that you have to do when in any situation, any place, anywhere that you go, right off the bat, you have to establish a championship mentality,” Baker said. “Being a champion is not a part-time job. You have to be a champion everywhere.”

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