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Terry Baumgartner enters his sixth year as the head coach of the Golden Eagles and 7th year in the baseball program after spending one year as the pitching coach in 2007. His first five years as the head coach at Feather River have been five of the most successful seasons in the history of the Golden Eagles baseball program. In 2008 he guided the Golden Eagles to a 30-18 record which included a Golden Valley Conference championship, a regional championship, and a berth in the super regional for the first time since 2003. In 2009 the Golden Eagles finished with the best record in the state of California at 42-5. The Golden Eagles also won the GVC championship, a regional championship, back to back years for the first time in school history. They also qualified for the super regional for the second year in a row and FRC is one of three schools to qualify for the super regional in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 the Golden Eagles finished with an impressive 31-7 record and the highest winning percentage in the state of California. He also led the Golden Eagles to their fourth straight GVC championship and he was named GVC Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season. The 2011 season was more of the same for the Golden Eagles as they won their fifth straight GVC championship in Coach Baumgartner's five years in the program. They finished the season with a 31-7 record for the Golden Eagles fifth straight 30 plus win season. In 2012 the Golden Eagles won their 6th consecutive GVC championship as they finished the season with a 32-8 record. The 30 wins was the sixth straight season of 30 wins, all those seasons coming with the arrival of Coach Baumgartner. The Golden Eagles also captured their third Regional championship in Coach Baumgartner's five years.
Prior to Feather River Coach Baumgartner spent 17 years at Western Oregon University. Coach Baumgartner spent 11 years as the leader of the successful Western Oregon baseball program, first directing the team at the age of 24 in 1995. He also spent two seasons as an assistant coach (1993-94) and four more as a player (1989-92). Baumgartner's squads during that tenure were dominant in the Pacific Northwest. His teams never had a losing season, leaving him with a 370-220 record at the conclusion of the 2005 season, the most wins in Western Oregon baseball history.
In 2005, the Wolves went 42-15 and finished second at the NCAA Division II west region tournament. WOU also won its fourth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference title, and had a 76-19 record in four years of GNAC action. In 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 Baumgartner was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after his squad cruised to league titles.
In 2001, Western Oregon's final year at the NAIA level, he marched his team to a 41-20 overall mark and their first trip to the NAIA College World Series, where they finished third. The Salem, Oregon native was honored in 2001 as the NAIA Region I Coach of the Year and Cascade Conference Coach of the Year.
When Baumgartner took over the reigns of the Western Oregon program in 1995, he was the youngest head coach of any sport in school history. He made the most of his opportunity when he led the Wolves to the Cascade Conference championship, a then-school-record 33 victories and the team's first appearance at the NAIA Far West Region tournament since 1972. For his efforts, Baumgartner not only was named the Cascade Conference's baseball Coach of the Year, but also the Coach of the Year for all men's sports in the conference.
Baumgartner served as pitching coach for the Wolves in 1993 and helped lead that squad to what was then a school-record 26 victories. He tutored the outfielders and headed up the Wolves' scouting and recruiting efforts in 1994 and helped guide the Wolves to a 25-23 mark and a third-place finish in the NAIA District 2 Championship.
Coach Baumgartner's name is very familiar in baseball circles in the Pacific Northwest. He attended Sprague High School in Salem, Oregon, where he played baseball for his father. Following his 1988 graduation from Sprague, Baumgartner moved on to Western Oregon where he was a key member of the Wolves' pitching staff from 1989-92. One of the top small-college relief pitchers in his four seasons, he earned Honorable Mention NAIA All-District 2 honors in 1991.
Terry received his Bachelors degree in Secondary Education from Western Oregon University in 1994, and his Masters degree in Education from Western Oregon in 1999.
Terry is married to the former Gretchen Wehner, a former WOU All-American in track and field. Terry and Gretchen are parents to son Drew (12), and to daughter Lexi (8).
Baumgartner's Career Record (16 yrs.)
College W L Pct. Years
WOU 370 220 .627 11
FRC 166 45 .787 5
Total 536 265 .669 16