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Baker hired to replace McKinstry as Lewis-Palmer AD

Published: July 23, 2013, 4:30 pm, by Scott Kaniewski

Lewis-Palmer received resumes and applications for its athletic director position from all over the country.

But the Rangers welcomed one of their own as the new AD, hiring wrestling coach Nick Baker to take over the athletics program.

Baker has been part of the Lewis-Palmer School District for seven years.

“We had applicants from across the nation,” L-P principal Sandi Brandl said. “We interviewed people inside the state and outside of Colorado. We were really happy with the quality we received. It made for a tough choice, and Nick definitely stood out.”

Brandl said the school district received more than 20 applications.

Baker has been the wrestling coach for the Rangers for the last six seasons. He replaces Russ McKinstry, who took over as athletic director at Chaparral in Parker.

Being a part of Lewis-Palmer and knowing how things work there played a part in Baker’s hiring.

“His work ethic and background and familiarity with how we do things at L-P,” Brandl said, highlighting some of Baker’s strengths. “He’s going to be an excellent choice in that role.”

Baker’s plans of where he wants to take the athletic program also impressed the principal.

“He’s looking forward to where we can go,” she said. “We have a very successful athletic program, and Russ obviously set all of us up well.”

Baker was unavailable for comment, but Gazette Preps will update this story when we catch up with him.