Sean Dooley | Head Coach
Baker University head men's basketball coach Sean Dooley enters his seventh season at the helm of the program.
During the 2017-18 campaign, the Wildcats started out the season 7-0, marking their best start to a season since 2006-07 when they started out 5-0. BU would enter as the No. 5 seed in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament, and garnered three Heart Conference Honorable Mention players including Clae Martin, Tyree Peter, and Stephen Edwards.
In 2016-17, Coach Dooley led the 'Cats to a 17-15 overall record and spot in the Heart Athletic Conference Tournament as the No. 8 seed.
This marked the most wins for the Wildcats in a season since 2011-12. Javeion Gray highlighted the season by recording his 1,000 career point against Mt. Mercy on Dec. 3. He ended his career with 1,249 points and was named to the Second Team All-Conference his senior season, his third-straight season named to the All-Conference team.
Taylor Johnson also became the programs first-ever athlete to be named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Men's Basketball team. The senior was selected to the team that recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Dooley's 77 career wins at Baker ranks him No. 3 all-time.
In 2015-16, Baker captured its second Heart of America Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in a three year span, as Clae Martin was named the Heart Freshman of the Year.
Under Dooley's leadership he helped develop freshman Javeion Gray into the 2013-14 Heart Freshman of the Year honor and EJ Carter was named to the Honorable Mention All-Heart squad. Carter also was awarded with the prestigious NAIA Scholar-Athlete award for his work off of the basketball court.
In his first season as the head coach of the Wildcats, Sean Dooley led the WIldcats to a winning record of 15-14 and finished sixth in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings.
Baker jumped out to an impressive 6-1 start and won six straight from Nov. 6 - Nov. 20. The Wildcats then went 8-10 throughout the Heart regular season and took on MidAmerica Nazarene in the First Round of the Heart conference tournament competing with the nationally ranked Pioneers all the way until the final whistle, eventually falling to MNU, 69-68.
Baker earned awards both for their ability on the floor and in the classroom under Dooley's leadership in 2012-13, as Ben Steinlage earned a spot on the Heart Second Team All-Conference and Cory Anderson was named to the Heart Honorable Mention All-Conference team.
As a team, Baker was named a NAIA Scholar Team and was awarded the inaugural National Association of Basketball Coaches Team Academic Excellence Award for accumulating a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Individually, four Wildcats were named to the NABC Honors Court for earning a GPA of 3.2 or higher, as Kevin Lysaught Steinlage, Julian Mills and EJ Carter all took home the honor. Lysaught also became one of just 60 men's basketball players in the NAIA Division I to earn the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award.
On April 27, 2012, Dooley was named the 26th head coach in Baker University men's basketball history. Dooley came to Baker after serving as NAIA Hall of Fame Coach Bob Burchard's lead assistant for the past five seasons at Columbia College. There, Dooley was in charge of several areas including, recruiting, scouting, player development, and monitoring of academic performance.
While at Columbia, Dooley helped guide the Cougars to an overall record of 121-49 (.712) including two regular season American Midwest Conference Championships. During his time with the Cougars, the team also enjoyed many post-season successes including, winning the American Midwest Conference Tournament Championship in 2009 and 2012, and making four NAIA Division I National Tournament appearances (2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012).
In 2012, the Cougars advanced to the Sweet 16, and in 2009 they made it further than any other team in school history by participating in the National Championship game. With Dooleyâ€™s assistance, Columbia has been highly regarded as one of the top defensive teams in the NAIA. The Cougars were ranked as the number 1 team in scoring defense for the 2011 season, and ranked number 2 for the 2012 season.
During his career at Columbia, Dooley helped many of his players earn individual accolades, both on the court and in the classroom. Over the five year period, four were named NAIA All Americans, 11 were named to the American Midwest All Conference Team; including the 2011 Freshman of the Year, 2011 Newcomer of the Year and the 2012 Conference Player of the Year. The Cougar student-athletes achieved equal level of success in the classroom with 24 being named to the American Midwest Academic All-Conference Team, and eight earning NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Dooley began his collegiate coaching career when he assisted another NAIA Hall of Fame Coach, Larry Holley, at William Jewell College. Dooley was an assistant at Jewell for three seasons, and held multiple titles while on staff. He was the Head Coach of the junior varsity squad during his first two seasons with the Cardinals, while also assisting the varsity squad with scouting, recruiting, and leading their strength and conditioning program. During his last season with the Cardinals, he was Coach Holley's lead assistant and directed all of William Jewell's recruiting efforts. During his time at William Jewell, Dooley helped guide the Cardinals to three consecutive winning seasons, which included two appearances in the NAIA Division II National Tournament. Due to the team's success, several Cardinals were recognized for their play, including 10 named to the Heart of America All Conference team, and four named NAIA Division II All-Americans.
Prior to his career at William Jewell, Dooley was a graduate assistant in the athletics department at University of Missouri-Kansas City. While at UMKC, Dooley was the athletics department promotions coordinator and assisted with game operations, ticket sales, and various marketing and sponsorship campaigns. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration in May 2004.
Dooley began his collegiate playing career in 1998 at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, playing for the legendary Fred Pohlman. While at Penn Valley, Dooley made the All-Region Team both in his freshman and sophomore seasons, and helped lead the team during his sophomore season to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. After two seasons at Penn Valley, Dooley moved on to Columbia College to complete his collegiate career. While at Columbia, the Cougars went 57-12, won one American Midwest Conference Regular Season championship, won one American Midwest Conference Tournament Championship and advanced to two NAIA Division I National Tournaments. For his efforts, Dooley was named to the American Midwest Conference First Team during both seasons at Columbia. He concluded his time at Columbia by being named Columbia College Male Athlete of the Year and earning a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration degree in May 2002.
Sean and his wife, Nikki, have two sons, Jackson (13) and Joey (7), and a daughter, Jordyn (5).
Matt Woodcock | Assistant Coach
Matthew Woodcock begins his first season back on the Wildcat coaching staff as the Assistant Coach. The Australia native saw his first opportunity to serve on the Men’s Basketball staff starting in the 2013 season as the Graduate Assistant Coach. Most recently, Woodcock has completed his Masters of Arts in Teaching while gaining more coaching experience as the Graduate Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Columbia College.
Woodcock started his journey in the United States in Beatrice, Neb., playing his first two years at Southeast Community College. In 2010, Matt continued his playing career at Columbia College and had two very successful years; winning one conference championship as well as reaching the NAIA national tournament in both years at Columbia.
During his first coaching opportunity here at Baker, Matt was charged with developing and implementing skill development workouts, generating scouting reports, as well as recruiting student-athletes. Woodcock built upon those experiences to contribute to a successful Columbia College program where they complied a 54-11 record over the last two seasons. Matt is eager to contribute his knowledge and recent experience of the game to the Baker University program alongside Coach Dooley, Coach Zerr and Coach Meinholz.
Woodcock grew up in Sale, Victoria in Australia and attended Sale College before beginning his adventure to the United States. His mother Heather, father Peter, and sister Tegan will all be watching and listening to the Wildcats online from Australia this season.
Terry Zerr | Assistant Coach
Terry Zerr, known as Coach Z brings enthusiasm, coaching experience and knowledge of the Heart of America Athletic Conference to Coach Dooley’s staff. Zerr, beginning his 15th season at BU, originally joined the Wildcat staff under longtime head coach Rick Weaver from 1997 to 2001 and returned for his second stint at the start of the 2004-2005 season.
The Hays, Kan., native began his coaching career at Eudora High School, where he served as the head boys basketball coach from 1990-1997. Between his two Baker stints, Coach Z served as an assistant coach for Mike Jeffers at Johnson County Community College, in the highly respected Jayhawk Junior College Conference.
As the top assistant, Coach Zerr will handle scouting, practice and game planning, player development, and coordinate recruiting efforts. He also will serve as a student-athlete mentor for the Wildcat basketball program.
Zerr has a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University and a master’s degree from the University of Kansas.