July 30,2014(ISN) – (WOLFVILLE, N.S.) Acadia University announced today that Acadia men’s basketball
team head coach Stephen Baur has accepted a full-time position with Canada
Basketball’s Women’s National Team program, ending his six-year head coaching career
at Acadia that included one Atlantic University Sport Championship and three AUS
Director of Athletics at Acadia University, Kevin Dickie, praised Stephen for his
contribution to Acadia basketball over his six year career. “I have very mixed
emotions. As our Athletics Director, I am sad to see a tremendous person leave
Acadia, but as a friend, I am very happy and proud of Steve”, points out Dickie.
“His aspirations to be with our National program have been clear to me for some time
to the extent that I was a reference for him.”
“With that being said”, added Dickie, “Our Axemen basketball team is now a
nationally competitive program and that will not change as we move forward into the
coming season and for the years to come.”
During the six seasons as head coach of the Axemen, Baur posted a 66-54 regular
season record and an AUS playoff record of six wins and five losses. Under his
leadership, Acadia had three consecutive appearances at the Canadian Interuniversity
Sport Final 8 from 2010 to 2013 that included a loss in the bronze medal game in
2012-13 and a consolation win in 2011-12. This past season Baur was named the AUS
Coach of the Year, while the Axemen finished first in the AUS with a 15-5 record but
fell short in advancing to the CIS Final 8
Prior to taking over as the Head Coach at Acadia in 2008, Baur spent three seasons
as an Assistant Coach at Acadia, including serving as the interim Head Coach
following their 2008 CIS Silver Medal season. During his tenure, Baur became a
prolific recruiter capturing the attention of many when he was able to attract
current National Team member and Kingston, Ont. native Owen Klassen to the Axemen in
2009. Along with Klassen, Baur attracted other top Atlantic Canada and National
recruits during his time at Acadia.
Baur’s Acadia career includes three CIS All-Canadians, two CIS All-Rookies, 10 AUS
All-Stars and six AUS All-Rookies over his six year reign.
“My time at Acadia will always be in my heart. With time here as a student,
assistant, and head coach, I have enjoyed over 15 years in a community that has
helped shape who I am”, said Baur. “I am excited for the next chapter, and want to
thank Les Berry, Brian Heaney, and Kevin Dickie for believing in me and giving me
“I feel so fortunate to have worked with the great young men at Acadia and look
forward to watching their progress during the remainder of their time and into the
next stages of their lives”, concluded Baur.
A search for a replacement will begin immediately.