(pronounced BAYZ-ler) enters his eighth season as head coach of both the men's
and women's golf teams at South Dakota State University.
After coaching on a
part-time basis for five years, Baszler was promoted to a full-time position on
Aug. 5, 2008. He helped the Jacks through the transition to Division I and into
their first year of postseason eligibility.
The Jackrabbit men
had a successful 2008-09 season under Baszler, winning four tournaments - the
only Division I victories in school history - and breaking numerous records.
The Jacks broke all the major school records, including season scoring average
(295.59), and low 18- (280), 36- (566) and 54-hole (857) scores.
SDSU graduated its
best class since moving to Division I - Trent Peterson, Geoff Mead and Tim
Kalil. Peterson, who was named The Summit League Men's Golfer of the Year and
also made the PING All-Central Region Team, became the first Jackrabbit to
qualify for NCAA D-I postseason play when he was selected as an at-large pick
for the South Central Regional. Peterson and Mead had two individual victories
apiece between 2007-08 and 2008-09, and they are the only Jacks in school
history to post D-I wins. Peterson and Mead, who were both first-team
all-league performers in 2009, also hold every season and career school record
since the team moved to Division I.
2009-10 men's team struggled at times compared to the previous year. They did gain a lot of valuable
experience though. With most of those players back, they should be improved
has also worked hard to turn around the women's program through solid
recruiting. The roster featured just four players during the spring 2007
season, however, the number quickly grew to eight in 2007-08, 12 in 2008-09,
eight last year and seven this fall
The Jacks finished
second at The Summit League Women's Golf Championship last year, following a
fifth-place finish the year before. The women also return all but two of their
golfers from last season.
Both teams again
excelled off the golf course in 2009-10, producing 11 academic all-conference
student-athletes (seven men and four women).
Additionally, the men
made the Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team in 2008 and 2009
after posting a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Midwest Conference medalist honors two times (1999 and 2002) during his
collegiate playing career at Grinnell College (Iowa). He also earned team most
valuable player honors three times (1999, 2000 and 2002), before earning a
bachelor's degree in computer science in 2002.
During his prep
career at De Smet High School, Baszler qualified for the state Class B
tournament five times, earning runner-up honors as a freshman. Baszler helped
lead De Smet to the Class B state team title his junior year, while also
competing on three state runner-up teams.
Baszler married his
wife, Ashley, in July of 2009.