March 10, 2011
Baker University men's basketball coach Brett Ballard gives his introductory speech at his first press conference as the Wildcats' coach a year ago.
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Ballard’s third-seeded Wildcats advanced to the semifinals of the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament with a 55-41 victory against No. 6 seed Benedictine College. Baker plays Friday night at No. 2 seed Evangel.
It’s only been 15 months since he was introduced as the head men’s basketball coach at Baker University, but he carries himself like a man who’s been running the Wildcats’ program for 15 years.
If the line of media personnel standing in the back of Brett Ballard’s introductory press conference in March 2010 gave any indication, expectations were high. Ballard, Baker University’s men’s basketball coach, had not coached a game in his career, and was taking over a team that won three games in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.