Muskogee, Okla. – Bacone College is pleased to announce Tera Jay Cuny-Baker, Hunkpati Dakota and Oglala Lakota, as the new Athletic Director.

Cuny-Baker, originally from South Dakota, was a four-time American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) -American who became the first women’s player to have her jersey retired by Oglala Lakota College (OLC) after she scored 1,008 career points.

“Coach Cuny-Baker is an outstanding leader,” Interim President Dr. Nicky Michael said. “We are incredibly fortunate to have such a passionate, educated and talented person as the new Athletic Director.”    

Cuny-Baker had been a teacher and basketball coach for 10 years after earning her bachelor’s degree at OLC followed by her masters in education. Cuny-Baker is currently working on her dissertation for a doctorate degree. She is a wife and a mother to five children, she said, and when not enjoying down time with her family or coaching, she loves to go to pow wows and hike.

“I am beyond excited to continue to help Bacone flourish in athletics,” she said. “I look forward to helping rebuild the athletic program to be more competitive and successful in the CAC conference, while instilling student success and traditional values. Wopila!”

Bacone currently offers men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball, women’s softball, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s soccer, with the future addition of volleyball and cross-country.

“We have no doubt that she will take Bacone Athletics to the next level,” said Dr. Michael.

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