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Kris Baumann
2008 Head Basketball Coach,
 Garden City Community College

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Alma Mater: University of Idaho
Contact: 620-276-0431
Email: kristopher.baumann@gcccks.edu

Kris Baumann was announced as Garden City Community College's 20th men's head basketball coach on May 24, 2006 . He takes over after serving one season as assistant coach for the Broncbusters. Prior to joining the Broncbusters, Baumann spent one season as the assistant coach at Tallahassee Community College.  Baumann also spent three years as head coach at Lamar Community College, Lamar, Colorado, where he led the Runnin' Lopes to a 50-45 record, including a school-third best 25-8 mark in his final season.  Baumann, a native of New Plymouth, Idaho, played basketball at New Plymouth High School and became the 1994 Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year. He was also selected for the prestigious Nike All-American Basketball Camp prior to his senior year.  He attended the University of Idaho-Moscow, and became one of the school's top three-point shooters, a fact that is obvious from a glance at the Vandal record book. He ranks third in all-time career three-pointers, with 150; and attempted, 440; and also hold the fifth highest single-season total for three-pointers attempted, at 184.  Baumann was the Vandals team captain in both his junior and senior seasons.  Though he concluded his playing career with the 1998 season, Baumann stayed in Moscow to serve as a student assistant on the Vandal staff for 1998-99. He earned his bachelor's degree from Idaho in 2000.
 


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IN THE MIX: Busters open Pepsi Classic against North Platte

Published 11/7/2007


When Garden City Community College coach Kris Baumann looks around at this year's group of Broncbusters, he sees question marks.



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Garden City Community College guard Corey Claitt pulls down a rebound against Seward County during the first half of their game Saturday night at the Seward County Community College 2007 Pepsi Classic in Liberal.
He knows the answer might be in there somewhere, it's just too early to tell what it might be.

"We're just trying to kind of find ourselves right now," Baumann said. "We're kind of feeling each other out. Defensively I think we're okay, we just don't know where the ball needs to go."

Last weekend, Garden went 2-1 to open the season at the Seward Classic, posting easy wins against Carl Albert State College and the Sterling College J.V. before struggling in a 76-63 loss to Jayhawk West foe Seward County.

Garden City hosts the Pepsi Classic starting Thursday against North Platte Community College at Perryman Athletic Complex.

"I thought our ball pressure was very, very poor against Seward," Baumann said. "We didn't do a good job doing pressure defense like we should be able to with our athleticism, and our offensive balance was off."

Against the Saints, shooting guard Corey Claitt and point guard Jordan Ragan took 38 out of 63 total shots for Garden City and the Busters weren't able to get what should be a formidable post game going.

"You're not going to win in the Jayhawk Conference without post play," Baumann said. "Not just that, but you need to get baskets in the paint."

Claitt is leading Garden City in scoring with 22 points per game, and Ragan is averaging 17.7 points. The Busters should get a big boost this weekend when heralded freshman Chris Roquemore, a 6-foot-8 power forward, makes his debut after serving a three-game suspension for a violation of team rules.

The three-game suspension was part of a bigger, week-long suspension for Roquemore, who rejoined the team today.

"He's going to play, but he's not going to start," Baumann said. "It's no different from anybody else, if he plays defense and takes good shots, he'll stay in. If he doesn't, he'll come out. He does a lot of things good on offense and defense, and with him and Trevor (Ottley), that's a nice one-two punch at the four."

Ottley, another 6-8 freshman, suffered a slight ankle sprain at the Seward Classic, but will play this weekend.

Along with North Platte, the other men's teams headed to Garden City this weekend are Laramie County (Wyo.) Community College, and Frank Phillips (Texas) College.

Not surprisingly, all three teams have ties to Baumann.

Baumann coached against North Platte and head coach Kevin O'Connor when he was the head coach at Lamar (Colo.) Community College.

"North Platte is a well-coached team," Baumann said. "They always play hard and they won't beat themselves."

Laramie County head coach Jason Ficca was a manager at the University of Idaho in the late 1990s when Baumann was a star shooting guard for the Vandals. Baumann's father, Rick, hired Ficca as the head coach at Treasure Valley (Idaho) Community College. Rick Baumann is the athletic director and head baseball coach at Treasure Valley.

Frank Phillips head coach Chad Kline was an assistant to Baumann at Lamar.

"Jason is a good friend of mine," Baumann said. "And Chad's team won the Western Texas Community College league last season, which is a huge accomplishment. We've got our hands full when we play Frank Phillips. They're very fast and very hard to guard."

Garden City opens against North Platte at 8 p.m. Thursday. The Busters take on Laramie on Friday and Frank Phillips in the tournament's final game on Saturday.

Tipoff Friday and Saturday is also set for 8 p.m.