Baker coach announces retirement plans
Rick Weaver, Baker University’s men’s basketball coach for the past 25 years, has announced his plans to retire from coaching at the end of the 2009-2010 academic year.
“It’s been a quick 25 years coaching at BU,” Weaver said. “It’s never easy to give up something that you enjoy, but I’ll be turning 60 before next season starts … it’s time. The early announcement will hopefully assist with the search process, and I will do everything I can to help with the transition. It’s been a privilege to coach so many great kids over the last quarter century.”
Weaver will continue to teach and assist with fund raising through 2011-2012 at the university.
Weaver in 1985-86 became the 10th head men’s basketball coach in Baker University’s history. During his tenure at Baker, he has guided the Wildcats to 352 victories, the school’s first Heart of America Athletic Conference basketball title in 1989 and a trip to the NAIA national tournament in 1996, when the Wildcats set a school record with 25 victories.
Eleven Wildcats have earned all-HAAC first-team honors under Weaver. Two players — John Smith (1989, 1991) and Brent Dorsey (1998) — were named conference player of the year. Dorsey was Baker’s first NAIA All-American in 1998.
Weaver, a three-time Heart of America Conference Coach of the Year, graduated in 1972 from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where he was an All-North Central Conference selection. Weaver recently was inducted into the Morningside Athletics Hall of Fame.
“I know this was a difficult decision for Rick as he weighed the pros and cons of retirement from coaching,” stated Baker President/Interim Athletic Director Pat Long. “When Rick approached me over a year ago about his possible retirement from coaching, his main concern was and has always been about his players and his team. We at Baker have been fortunate to have Rick’s energy, sense of humor and care for our students. Alumni from Rick’s program have gone on to do great things, and his Roundball publication has a local, regional and national following.”
Weaver received a master’s degree in 1977 from Iowa State University while teaching and coaching at Jefferson (Iowa) High School before serving as a graduate assistant at Eastern Kentucky during the 1977-78 season. Weaver was the head coach at Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, in 1978-80 and head coach at Wayne State in Wayne, Neb., from 1980 to 1985 before coming to Baker.