Congratulations to Coach Kristen Baumann (U12 & U15 Mystics) on receiving an honorable mention for 2019 OBA Coach of the Year!
“On behalf of Ontario Basketball, I am happy to let you know that you have received an honorable mention for the 2019 OBA Coach of the Year. We received more than 130 nominations this year and you are one of nine female coaches to receive an honorable mention.”
Kristen is the coach of my daughter’s PMBA Mystics U15 team and over the past 5 years has helped the girls move from bottom of the province to Division 1 gold medal winners. We went into this year’s Provincial tournament ranked 5th in the division, facing two teams we had lost to earlier in the season and came out undefeated! Kristen is the foundation of this incredible accomplishment. Kristen is a full time working mother and a dedicated coach of two teams, giving so much time and energy to this group of girls both on and off the court. Her coaching philosophy is to always lead with the highest of integrity, consistency, patience and kindness all while ensuring the girls are having fun. Her strength is the ability to know exactly what the team as a whole needs while respecting the girls individual needs – who may need some TLC, a little space or a laugh. She has very high expectations of the girls, teaching them to work hard and time manage which has proven invaluable. This group of girls have become very well rounded, most are honor students in high school, all while learning to balance school work, school sports and rep basketball, and part time jobs. This is emulated by Kristen. I am full of gratitude that my daughter has had the honor of having such a strong female role model in her life all these years. It takes a village to raise a child and Kristen is a main pillar in our children’s community. Our team, the PMBA, the OBA are all very lucky to have her as a basketball coach and role model.