Baker named men’s basketball assistant coach

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 17, 2001

Kobie Baker has been named as men’s basketball assistant coach by Troy State head coach Don Maestri.

"Everyone I’ve talked to, from Mark Gottfried to Johnny Jones (head coach at North Texas), said that Kobie was a catch for Troy State," said Maestri. "He will give us an added dimension as a staff and will be a positive influence on our team."

Baker comes to Troy State after spending the last two seasons as the Administrative Assistant Coach at the University of Alabama under Mark Gottfried. In his last season at Alabama, the Crimson Tide had a 25-10 record and advanced to the NIT championship game.

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Before his stint at Alabama, he spent the 1998-99 season as assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana.

"Kobie is a hard-working, intelligent person," said Maestri. "He was very impressive in his interview and will be someone that the players on the team can look up to."

As a player, Baker was an outside threat at Talladega College. He helped lead the Tornadoes to the Southern States Conference championship in 1995, when they advanced to the NAIA national tournament. He set the school record for three-pointers in a game with 11 against Spring Hill.

As a starter his last two seasons, as well as team captain, Baker averaged 14.5 points per game. He led the team in three-pointers made, attempted and percentage in each of his last two seasons. He also led the league in free throw shooting percentage and three-point field goal percentage.

"I am excited about coming and working with the coaching staff here at Troy State," said Baker. "This is a program with a lot of tradition and hopefully I can help continue that tradition."