- Director of Athletics
- Odessa College Athletics
- Hutchinson, KS
- College :
- Kansas State University
Wayne Baker begins his 12th year as the Athletic Director of the Wranglers with the onset of the 2020-2021 academic year. Baker comes to Odessa College after working in the national office of the NJCAA for twenty four years, including the last five as the Executive Director of the National Junior College Athletic Association, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While Baker was with the NJCAA, he worked primarily in the areas of eligibility and compliance, men’s national championships and office management. Additionally, Wayne represented the NJCAA on multiple National Olympic Governing bodies and led NJCAA national teams on international trips
Baker comes to Odessa College with a great deal of experience within the two year college athletic system within the USA, having represented the NJCAA at NCAA, NAIA, NACDA, AACC, NATYCAA, USA Olympic Committee and multiple individual Visitor and Convention Bureaus. Moving to Odessa provided the opportunity to work on campus, directly with student-athletes, particularly at an institution where both the administration and the community are fully vested in the success of the students and the athletic program at the college.
Wayne accepts the challenge of providing the student-athletes at Odessa College with every opportunity to excel in all areas of their college life. Baker stated “it is extremely important that we as coaches and educators do everything within our reach to make our students successful athletically, academically and socially. It is our charge to provide the best college experience possible for those young people within our care”.
In his eleven years at Odessa College, Baker has overseen programs that have captured over 25 Western Junior College Athletic Conference titles, twenty Region V Titles and have made 38 national tournament appearances, capturing four national titles. Additionally, over 135 student-athletes from OC have been named NJCAA all-American, with over 300 named academic all-Americans. During the 2019-20 season alone, OC had 4 All-Americans on the floor/field and 30 academic All-Americans with three teams named to the NJCAA academic team of the year list.
A goal of the athletic program at Odessa College is to oversee the complete success of the student-athlete and to place our athletes into successful four year programs. In the past ten years, Odessa College has over a 90% success rate in the graduation and placement of those student-athletes that stay with the program throughout their two year college career.
Wayne is married to Dr. Anita Baker, a practicing veterinarian. The Bakers have two grown children, Jennifer McMillin of Overland Park, KS and Tyler Baker of Black Forest, CO. Additionally four grandchildren keep the Bakers busy when not involved with work.