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CBC hires new volleyball coach

Mike Baker has been hired to coach the Columbia Basin College women’s volleyball team.

Baker replaces Jon Killingbeck, who left CBC to assume the same role at Iona College in New York.

For 20 years, Baker has been extensively involved in the sport, coaching competitive USA Junior Olympic Volleyball in the Tri-Cities community.

He has also worked as an elite club coach, competing in tournaments throughout the western United States. Over the last 30 years he played at the collegiate club level, local leagues, as well as in the U.S. Open National Championships.

Baker has also been a long-time official, working contests for the Big West, Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Northwest Conference, and Pac-10.

Regardless of his role Baker has worked as an advocate for the sport, promoting it wherever he has travelled.

“I believe my background and training as both a player and an official qualifies me to coach the CBC women's volleyball team in a manner which will help the players become the best they can be,” Baker said. “Players will learn to handle stressful, competitive situations where success and failure are measured by the smallest of margins. I believe that learning to handle these types of situations will help prepare the players for future matches, as well as life experiences.”

CBC opened official practice on Monday.

The Hawks’ season opens with the Highline Invitational on Aug. 31 in Seattle.