Vice President and Director of Athletics The University of North Texas
Wren Baker was named the University of North Texas Vice President and Director of Athletics on July 29, 2016. He wasted no time making an impact on the Mean Green and has spearheaded one of college athletics’ most remarkable turnaround stories over the past two years.
The 2017-18 academic year was one for the record books with the Mean Green recording conference championships in volleyball, women’s soccer and football (west division). The men’s basketball program captured the CBI championship under first-year coach Grant McCasland. Overall, the winning percentage achieved by the Mean Green was the best mark in 40 seasons of competition. The football, men’s and women’s basketball teams all had winning season for the first time since 1977-78.
UNT has also reached new heights in the classroom under Baker’s leadership, posting back-to-back-to-back department Graduation Success Rate (GSR) records. Eleven of 14 programs recorded a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in 2016-17 and again in 2017-18.
The Mean Green recently completed the most successful fundraising year in school history, nearly doubling the previous department record. The banner year culminated with the announcement of the two largest gifts in UNT athletics history.
During Baker’s tenure the department unveiled a new five-year strategic plan, developed a new master facilities plan, launched construction on two new athletic facilities, renovated seven other athletics facilities, completed a reorganization of athletics staff, and negotiated lucrative contracts for multi-media rights, licensing and apparel/equipment.
Baker has proven to be a tactical recruiter when it comes to the critical task of hiring successful head coaches. During his career as an athletic director, he has led 16 head coach searches. Those searches have resulted in coaches who have combined to win over 70 percent of their games.
Baker boasts a proven track-record of success, having played a critical role in the success of athletics programs at the University of Memphis and the University of Missouri before coming to Denton.