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Softball Coaching Bible


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Dianne Baker

Class of 1998 

Stephen F. Austin: 1981 - 1995
Texas Woman's: 1997 - 2005

Baker Induction Article



Dianne Baker, who retired following the 2005 season after 30 years of coaching, built Texas Woman’s University into one of the top programs in NCAA Division II.

Following a stellar playing career at TWU, she returned to her alma mater when the sport was reinstated at the school and guided her squads to two NCAA tournament appearances and a Lone Star Conference South Division championship.

She has been named the 1999, 2002 and 2004 LSC South Division Coach of the Year along with the 1986 Division II National Coach of the Year she claimed after guiding her former team, Stephen F. Austin, to the NCAA Division II national championship.

Baker coached the Ladyjacks for 17 years before returning to Texas Woman’s. In addition to her coaching experience, Baker is the author of two best selling books, "Winning Softball Drills" and "Winning Softball Practice Manuel and Drills."

In 2004, Baker became Schutt Sports’ National Promotions Manager for Softball/Baseball, a position she holds in addition to continuing administrative duties at TWU.

In 2000, Baker was given the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award, one of the association’s highest honors. She is also a member of both the Stephen F. Austin and Texas Woman's University Halls of Fame.