Baumann to be inducted into MSHL Hall of Fame

Bill Baumann, former North Branch boys basketball coach, will be inducted into the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame Oct. 12 at the Crowne Plaza St Paul Riverfront Hotel.

Baumann is a graduate of Waseca where he participated in basketball, football, baseball and track and field. He earned his undergraduate degree in Social Science and Coaching from St. John’s University where he also participated in basketball and baseball. Bill’s career began in 1974 at Villard High School where he was assistant basketball, head football and head baseball coach. He was named District Football Coach of the Year in 1977. He became assistant football coach and head basketball coach at North Branch High School in 1979 and spent 31 years as leader of the Viking basketball program until he retired in 2010. He was coaxed out of retirement in 2012 to become assistant coach in the Cambridge-Isanti boys basketball program.

Baumann led his North Branch teams to six Rum River Conference titles. His 1984 and 2001 Viking squads earned state tournament berths by capturing section championships. Baumann was named Rum River Basketball Coach of the Year four times and Region/Section Coach of the Year five times. He also served as assistant football coach and received the Butch Nash award from the Minnesota Football Coaches Association in 2004.

Bill received his master’s degree from St. Cloud State University in Athletic Administration, and during his tenure at North Branch he was athletic director from 1987 to 1995 and was honored as regional AD of the Year in 1991. He served on the Region 7AA Committee for eight years, acting as chairperson for four of those years. He served as one of the first coaches on the MSHSL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and also was on the MSHSL Basketball Advisory Committee.

In 2001, Baumann was the recipient of the George Haun Memorial Award presented by the MSHSCA. He coached in the MBCA All Star series in 2001 and was named to the MBCA Hall of Fame in 2010. His services to athletics, students, and community is also demonstrated via his leadership and participation in several MSHSL, MSHSCA and community initiatives.

Baumann and his wife, Carol, have two sons: Brad and Britt, and one granddaughter, Beckett.

Registration and social hour at the hotel will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be
served at 6:30 p.m. with the awards program starting at approximately 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are still available at $30 before Oct. 8 contacting jbad154@q.com by calling 651-257-2937.

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