New Baker men’s basketball coach is featured guest at mixer
New Baker University men’s basketball coach Brett Ballard will be the featured guest at the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at the Lodge. The public is invited to the event.
Ballard was named the Wildcats’ head coach in March. Before Baker, Ballard served as the director of basketball operations at the University of Kansas from 2008 to 2010 after being the administrative assistant/video coordinator with the KU basketball staff for four years. In 2003-04, Ballard was a student assistant for the Jayhawks.
Ballard oversaw the academic progress of the Jayhawks, working closely with the off-season strength and conditioning program, assisting with on-campus recruiting, team travel and team video. Ballard was also the camp director for the Bill Self Basketball Camps. Ballard organized and directed over 2,500 campers each summer and also coordinated and directed the Coaches Clinic, the Winter Clinic and the Wilt Chamberlain Special Olympics Clinic. He also was heavily involved with all day-to-day operations of the program.
As a part of the Kansas basketball program, the Jayhawks won the 2008 national championship, advanced to three NCAA Tournament Elite Eights, won the past six Big 12 regular-season championships and claimed the past four of five conference postseason tournaments.
Ballard played two years for the Jayhawks -- 2001 and 2002 -- after transferring from Hutchinson Community College in his hometown of Hutchinson, Kan. A guard, Ballard played in 56 career games, scoring 59 points and dishing out 32 assists. KU went a combined 59-11 in his two seasons as a Jayhawk, including appearing in the 2001 NCAA Sweet Sixteen and the 2002 NCAA Final Four in Atlanta, Ga. He was named an Academic All-Big 12 selection as a senior for his efforts in the classroom.