Brett Ballard is in his first season on the Golden Hurricane coaching staff. He comes to Tulsa following two seasons as the head basketball coach at Baker (Kan.) University.
In two seasons at Baker, Ballard registered a 33-30 overall record, including a 21-12 mark this past season and a runner-up finish in the 2012 Heart of America Athletic Conference. In 2011-12, Baker advanced to the school's first Heart of America Athletic Conference championship game in 15 years and capped that with an NAIA national tournament berth, the first since 1996.
"Coach Ballard had a tremendous impact on our men's basketball program during his time at the helm," said Baker University Athletics Director Theresa Yetmer. "Under his leadership we ascended to the HAAC Championship game and returned to the national tournament for the first time since 1995-96." Baker University President Pat Long added "Brett did exactly what we asked of him - to bring a new level of play and excitement to our basketball program. He did just that and more. He became a leader on campus and within the community."
Before his appointment at Baker, Ballard spent seven years on the basketball staff at the University of Kansas. He was the director of basketball operations for two years, and before that he served as the administrative assistant/video coordinator for four years. In 2003-04, Ballard was a student assistant for the Jayhawks after two seasons playing on the KU basketball team.
Ballard oversaw the academic progress of the Jayhawks, worked closely with the off-season strength and conditioning program, assisted with on-campus recruiting, team travel and team video. Ballard was also the camp director for the Bill Self Basketball Camps. Ballard organized and directed over 2,500 campers and also coordinated and directed the Coaches Clinic, the Winter Clinic and the Wilt Chamberlain Special Olympics Clinic.
KU basketball was highly successful during Ballard's time with the Jayhawks staff. They won the 2008 national championship, advanced to three NCAA Tournament Elite Eights, won or tied for the Big 12 regular season championship four times and claimed three conference postseason tournaments. There have been 18 players advance to the professional basketball ranks that Ballard has been associated with during his coaching tenure.
Ballard played two years for the Jayhawks -- 2001 and 2002 -- after transferring from Hutchinson Community College in his hometown of Hutchinson, Kan. A guard, Ballard played in 56 career games, scoring 59 points and dishing out 32 assists. KU went a combined 59-11 in his two seasons as a Jayhawk, including appearing in the 2001 NCAA Sweet Sixteen and the 2002 NCAA Final Four in Atlanta, Ga.
Ballard earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education from Kansas in 2003. He was named an Academic All-Big 12 selection as a senior for his efforts in the classroom.
Ballard and his wife Kelly have a one son, Kaden.
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