Apr 3, 2014 5:46 PM by Texas A&M Kingsville
KINGSVILLE, Texas - Three finalists for the vacant women's basketball head coaching position will be on the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus over the next seven days for interviews announced Scott Gines, Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation.
The three finalists coming for campus visits are current University of Houston women's basketball interim head coach Lonnie "Wade" Scott, current University of Texas-Tyler women's basketball head coach Kevin Baker, and current Oklahoma Wesleyan University athletic director and women's basketball head coach Mark Molder.
Scott, who will be on campus Thursday evening and Friday, has been a member of the Houston coaching staff since August of 2006. During his time with the Cougars, he has served as the recruiting coordinator, associate head coach and has twice been the program's interim head coach. Scott helped lead Houston to the NCAA Tournament in 2010-11 as the team went 26-6 including a 16-0 record in Conference USA.
Prior to heading to Houston, Scott spent multiple years in the junior college coaching ranks including nine years as a head coach of various men's and women's programs around Texas and Oklahoma. Five of his teams competed in NJCAA Regional Tournaments. He was the men's basketball head coach at Western Oklahoma State from 1996-2001 before taking the women's head coaching job at Clarendon from 2001-to-2003. Scott was the head coach at Grayson County Community College in 2003-05.
Baker will be in South Texas on Sunday and Monday and is no stranger to the Lone Star Conference having spent five years at West Texas A&M prior to becoming the head coach at UT-Tyler.
In his two seasons as the women's head coach in Tyler, Baker has been named the American Southwest Conference Coach of the Year twice. After going 18-9 in his first season, Baker led the Patriots to its best season in program history this past season going 27-4 reaching the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 after winning the ASC title. UT-Tyler was ranked as high as 16th nationally.
After amassing a 222-101 record as a high school head coach at four schools, Baker spent five seasons in the LSC with West Texas. The Lady Buffs compiled a 120-36 during that time with top 10 rankings in four seasons, reaching the NCAA Regionals four times and winning three LSC crowns. The 2008-09 team reached the NCAA Elite Eight.
The final candidate to interview will be Mark Molder who has been at Oklahoma Wesleyan since 2007 in several capacities including athletic director and assistant men's basketball coach. He will be at the University Tuesday to Wednesday of next week.
Currently, Molder has served as the women's basketball head coach the past three seasons recording a record of 62-34 earning NCCAA Central Region Coach of the Year three times and Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year once. His past two teams have advanced to the NAIA Division II National Tournament.
Prior to taking over the women's program, Molder spent four seasons as the assistant coach of the men's team. He helped guide the men to the 2009 NAIA Division II National Championship and the Final Four in both 2009 and 2010. The men made four NAIA Tournament appearances during the same span.
The Javelinas hope to have a new coach in place by the end of the spring semester.
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