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Justin Bauman (assistant coaches Brett Ballard and Steve Woodberry action photos on front page)
Justin Bauman (assistant coaches Brett Ballard and Steve Woodberry action photos on front page)
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April 12, 2012

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Newly appointed University of Tulsa Head Basketball Coach Danny Manning has made three appointments to his coaching staff, it became official today.

Brett Ballard, the head coach at Baker University, and Missouri State assistant coach Steve Woodberry will serve as assistant coaches, while San Francisco assistant coach Justin Bauman becomes Tulsa's director of basketball operations.

"I'm tremendously excited to have Brett, Justin and Steve and their families join our TU basketball family. They and their families are great additions to our university and the Tulsa community," said Manning.

In two seasons at Baker (Kan.) University, Brett 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. 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.

"Brett brings a wealth of experience in terms of understanding what it takes to run a program with his background as the director of operations at Kansas for a number of years and recently as a successful head coach at Baker University. He'll definitely be a great asset to the University and our basketball program,' said Manning.

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. He 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 two sons: Kaden and Brooks.

Steve Woodberry coached the past six seasons at Missouri State, having joined the Bears' coaching staff during the summer of 2006.

In his tenure at Missouri State, Woodberry was a part of five winning seasons including three 20-win campaigns and three post-season tournaments, including two NITs. The Bears posted a 26-9 record and advanced to the second round of the 2011 NIT. The year before, Missouri State posted an overall 24-12 record in 2009-10 and was crowned champions of the Collegeinsiuder.com postseason tournament. That team won 13 more games then the previous season to match the fifth-best turnaround in the nation, according to the NCAA.

Woodberry was instrumental in the recruitment of three-time Missouri Valley Conference performer Kyle Weems. Five players at Missouri State that Woodberry coached went on to play professionally, while one player earned Academic All-America honors.

"Steve is a very experienced and knowledgeable coach. As a player, he was very successful on the collegiate level and in a 10-year professional career," said Manning. "He made his mark as a great teammate and showed his versatility by playing multiple positions. As a coach, Steve has a vast amount of recruiting contacts especially in the Midwest. He has really made his mark as a great recruiter."

Woodberry played on four NCAA Tournament teams and two Final Four teams at the University of Kansas from 1990 to 1994 for Jayhawks' head coach Roy Williams. Kansas posted a record of 27-8 record when Woodberry was a freshman and reached the NCAA title game where the Jayhawks lost to Duke.

Kansas won 27 of 32 games in 1991-92 and reached the NCAA second round. The Jayhawks went 29-7 when he was a junior and returned to the Final Four, losing to North Carolina in the semifinals. When Woodberry was a senior, Kansas went 27-8 and got to the NCAA Sweet 16. Woodberry's KU career also included three Big 8 regular-season, one league tourney and one Preseason NIT title.

Woodberry averaged 10.1 points per game and won Big 8 second team all-conference honors by the Associated Press, Big 8 coaches and Big 8 players as a junior despite not being a regular starter. He repeated second team selection from AP and the coaches as a senior and the players voted him to the all-league first team.

He was KU's MVP and top defensive player as a senior, leading the team in scoring with a 15.5 average. Woodberry finished with 1,240 points for his 138-game Kansas career, as the four teams on which he played with the Jayhawks were a combined 110-28.

After a brief time with the NBA's Indiana Pacers following his days at KU, Woodberry began a six-year professional playing stint in Australia. He was the league's Most Valuable Player one year and was an all-league selection on two other occasions. Woodberry then played three seasons in Lithuania and then saw action in Greece, Finland and Sweden before retiring as an active player in 2005.

Woodberry, a native of Wichita, Kan., played on two state title teams at Wichita South High School and was named Kansas Naismith Player of the Year as a senior in 1990.

He and his wife, Bianca, have three children: sons Shaylen and Sherron and daughter Sanaa'. He also has two other children, Steven and Kaylen.

Justin Bauman comes to Tulsa following four seasons (2008-12) at the University of San Francisco. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach and served as director of basketball operations in his first two years at USF.

"Justin has worn many hats during his coaching career as the director of operations and as an assistant coach. He has a great understanding of how the administrative and logistics side of college campus' work," said Manning. "As an assistant coach, Justin really began to hit his stride as a recruiter as he signed two players from Oklahoma City for the University of San Francisco. Justin will oversee our day-to-day operations and his list of contacts from his time as an assistant coach will be a great asset to us."

In his two years as a full-time assistant coach, the Dons have posted a 39-29 record. This past year's 20-14 record marked the first 20-win season for San Francisco in 30 years, since the 1981-82 campaign. The Dons made an appearance in the post-season College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in the 2011-12 season as well.

Before his appointment at USF, Bauman spent two seasons (2006-08) as the director of basketball operations at Florida Atlantic University

An alumnus of the University of Kansas, Bauman spent six years with the Jayhawks basketball program, including three years as a student manager and three seasons as a head manager/student assistant coach.

From 2000 to 2003, Bauman assisted Roy Williams' staff with gameday and practice operations. As head manager under Bill Self from 2003 to 2006, Bauman assisted with on-campus recruiting, practices, scouting reports and team travel. He oversaw the student support staff and all aspects of the team's equipment and apparel needs.

While at Kansas, Bauman was part of four Big XII regular-season championships, one postseason Big XII championship, two Final Fours and six-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. During his tenures at Kansas, Florida Atlantic and San Francisco, Bauman has seen 31 players go on to play professional basketball.

Bauman played collegiate basketball for one season at Lincoln (IL) College.

A native of Canton, IL, Bauman graduated from Kansas with a bachelor's degree in sports management and fitness in 2004 and a master's degree in sports studies in 2006.

Bauman's wife's name is Stacy.