Lister eager to start coaching women’s basketball team
For the first time in 12 years, the Baker University women’s basketball team will have a new coach courtside.
Ben Lister, previously the assistant women’s coach for four years at Barton County Community College, was named the Wildcat head coach in May, succeeding Susan Decker, who guided the Wildcats for 11 seasons.
“I am extremely excited to accept the head coaching position for the Baker women’s basketball program,” Lister said. “Baker is a proud and strong university with an excellent reputation. I am looking forward to being a part of it. My goal is to continue the growth of a strong program with a solid foundation into a program that is considered among the elite at the NAIA Division I level. This is a university that excels in developing top-notch student-athletes, which made this a natural fit for myself as a coach and for my family.”
At Barton, Lister was part of two Jayhawk West titles, including a 34-3 mark during the 2007-08 season when Barton finished fourth in the nation.
Before Barton, Lister spent two years as the head coach for Manhattan Christian College (Kan.), compiling a 44-23 record. During his time at MCC, the team captured back-to-back regular-season conference championships, going undefeated both years in conference play. MCC captured a regional and conference championship in 2005-06, finishing with a 27-7 record to rank third all time on the school charts.
Coach Lister was named Central Region Coach of the Year in 2005-06. During his two years, MCC produced seven all-conference players, seven all-region players, two regional MVPs, one conference MVP and three All-Americans.
Prior to MCC, Lister was the assistant boys basketball coach for three years at Sunrise Christian Academy. Sunrise was 76-28 during that stretch, winning the Tri-State Christian Tournament Championship, which included large private schools from Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado. Coach Lister aided in the development of five athletes who signed to play collegiate basketball, including two who play at the NCAA Division I level.
Lister started his coaching career at Flint Hills Christian School as the head varsity girls basketball coach. He spent three years building a young program that eventually finished twice in the top four in the Kansas Christian High School Athletic Association.
Coach Lister played two years of college basketball at Manhattan Christian College in 1997-99.