Wren Baker

About Wren Baker

Wren Baker was named Director of Athletics at Northwest Missouri State University in December 2010. Baker provides leadership to fifteen Northwest athletic programs. Prior to coming to Northwest, Baker was the first Athletic Director in Rogers State University history and led the development of one of Oklahoma's most successful collegiate athletic programs. Before entering administration Baker served as an assistant in the Oklahoma State University men’s basketball program 2001 to 2005. Baker received his bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2001 before earning his masters degree in education leadership from Oklahoma State University in 2003.

White Outs and Signing Day

Greetings, Bearcats!  What a great day.  Today is signing day and is always a fun time on campuses all around the country.  Our coaches believe this is one of our best classes ever.  What that translates to on the field remains to be seen, but what we do know is the football coaches have done a great job recruiting quality young men.  The average GPA of the 26 student-athletes in this class is 3.38 and their ACT scores average 22.4.  Continue reading

Procrastination

Wow.  That took a while.  The first three blogs came quick and easy.  Then we had both basketball teams playing and football in the playoffs.  The holidays were rapidly approaching.  I could go on.  Time got away from me.  But I am back and so is the blog.  Since it’s been a while, I’ve got a lot to cover so I will hop around this week.

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Always Believe

I am going to admit it.  I doubted.  Late in the second quarter of last week’s playoff game, the Bearcats trailed Midwestern 28-10.  The Mustangs seemed to be imposing their will on both sides of the ball.  I was thinking about how proud I was of the coaches and players for a terrific season in the face of adversity, but I thought this one was slipping away.  Little did I know, there was plenty of season left.  The Bearcats put together a tough touchdown drive to end the first half and went into the locker room down 11.  The fourth quarter started with the ‘Cats down 14.  We rallied to tie it up before winning 38-31 in overtime.  For me this was an unbelievable thriller.  For many longtime Bearcat fans, it is par for the course. Continue reading

The power of sports

I have often said that the great thing about sports is it allows people an escape from reality.  Otherwise normal people, who work 8-5 Monday through Friday and always act professionally can relax and come into an environment where going crazy is the norm.  Whether they’re screaming for a defensive stop or giving some ‘helpful’ suggestions to officials, it’s acceptable for fans to be emotional.  It can be a tremendous break from the harsh realities of life. Continue reading

Playoffs, Hoops and Success

Hello Bearcat Nation. I hope everyone is doing great. This is my first attempt at blogging so hopefully it won’t be too terribly boring. This is a big week for Northwest. Both of our basketball teams have kicked off the regular season. Saturday marks the start of the NCAA D2 playoff football contests. Some of you know I have a basketball background. I love hoops and everything about it. Part of that love comes from my admiration for March Madness. That being said, I may be more excited about this year’s NCAA D2 football playoffs than I’ve been in a long time. (As a side note, it is a travesty that playoffs don’t occur in Division I.) Continue reading