By TONY ADAME
The Wichita Eagle
Garden City Community College men’s basketball coach Kris Baumann is leaving the Broncbusters after six seasons, announcing Monday that he will be the new coach at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College.
Baumann went 120-65 in six years as the Broncbusters’ head coach, his crowning achievement being the Region VI title in 2009 – Garden City’s first Region VI title in over 50 years.
Baumann, who was hired by Newman athletic director Vic Trilli, made it to Wichita for the Region VI quarterfinals five out of his six years. He also spent one season as an assistant coach at Garden City.
Baumann met with GCCC athletic director Bob Larson on Sunday and GCCC president Dr. Herbert J. Swender on Monday.
Tuesday morning, he was cleaning out his office at the Perryman Athletic Complex and preparing to drive down to Athens, Texas.
“(Garden City) has been home for me for a long time now and never in my wildest imagination did I think I would spend six years here,” Baumann said. “Garden City is a special place to coach because of the legacy of coaches and the way the community supports the school and the teams … on the junior-college level, it’s remarkable.”
Texas JuCos have a distinct advantage over Kansas JuCos – specifically in basketball – when it comes to recruiting. In Texas, schools get 12 full scholarships and a lot of times. Baumann, who starred at Idaho in the late 90s, will also have access to the Dallas metroplex to recruit – just an hour drive from Trinity Valley’s campus.
“The biggest difference between (the Jayhawk) and Texas is the scholarships,” Baumann said. “And that frees up some money in other places, like with the operating budget.”
Baumann also spent three years as the head coach at Lamar (Colo.) Community College.
Here’s our November 2009 profile of Baumann after winning Region VI and headed into the 09-10 season.
Here’s the Athens Daily Review story on Baumann’s hiring.
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