The women’s basketball team is looking to turn their 1-14 season around after a recent coaching change.
New coaches for the team include head coach Ryan Baumgartner and assistant coach Marissa Webb. Baumgartner comes to the team as the interim head coach after being on the men’s basketball team coaching staff since 2017. As a former player at Doane, he is no stranger to Doane basketball, coaching as a graduate assistant for the men’s team for a year and the women’s team for two.
He believes that having a history at Doane has given him an advantage with the team, having familiarity with not only the Doane program itself, but also the conference and the way that other teams play.
“Being at Doane for an extended period of time has given me the opportunity to be around a lot of great coaches and people who have had success here at Doane,” Baumgartner said.
Taking the assistant coach role is Marissa Webb, who has a history with rebuilding programs according to Doane Athletics. Her most recent stint was at Southeastern Illinois College, a Division I junior college. She was able to coach the team to a 24-10 record, allowing them to reach the NJCAA Region 24 championship for the first time in 11 years. She also helped coach at Western Illinois University, helping achieve a 48-17 overall record in her two seasons there. The team would go in to feature in the NCAA Tournament, achieving their first appearance in 22 years.
Webb also has a history as a player, playing for two years at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. She was named co-captain while she played there, also leading the team to back-to-back NAIA National Tournament appearances.
When asked about Doane, Webb was happy to be at the university. “I love that the staff, faculty, athletes and even community members welcomed me in, and have been so helpful in my short time at the university. I truly feel apart of a family,” said Webb.
Although the season has not been headed in the direction that the team wanted, Webb was confident in their abilities to get the most out of the season.
“I truly believe that if each of us gets at least 1 percent better every single day that is a successful season, and I believe we are heading in that direction,” said Webb.
Baumgartner echoed his assistant coach’s feelings, emphasizing that it’s not necessarily the end result that they are looking at. “This is a process and focusing on the process rather than the result is something that we stress every day,” Baumgartner said.
Webb was also hopeful for the remainder of the season, saying that “I believe showing up, controlling the controllables in life and especially on the court will lead us in a positive direction going into the final stretch of the season.”
Baumgartner added the importance of focusing on the team’s core values. “In order to do that [developing the right habits for the team], we have to hold true to our program’s core values of accountability, grit, family, communication, and respect. If we can consistently do those things on a daily basis we will start to achieve some of the goals we are striving for this season,” Baumgartner said.
The women’s team has 11 games remaining this season, with six of those games coming against ranked opponents. They will play next on Jan. 15 at number seven Morningside College in Sioux City, IO.