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2001-2002 Ranger Basketball Coaches

Bob Battisti, Head Basketball CoachBob Battisti, Head Coach

Winning basketball and integrity, both on and off the court, have been trademarks of Bob Battisti's basketball program at Northwestern. Entering his 17th season at the helm, Battisti has been the chief architect behind the consistent success of Ranger basketball. 

Battisti is widely recognized for establishing a strong base with his teams by emphasizing hard work, organization and discipline. His players are also winners in the classroom. "Bob places more emphasis on the academic success of his players than any coach I've ever known," said Milburn Barton, athletic director. 

"I want our players to succeed in life," Battisti said. "I've coached lawyers, teachers, executives, etc. I've also coached players who played in the NBA. All are equal in my book."

Battisti has recorded a 304-209 record at NWOSU and has an overall record as collegiate coach of 339-240. The Minnesota native directed the Rangers to a school best 29-2 record in 1993 - '94. That season he was recognized as Basketball Times NAIA National Coach of the Year.  Bob Battist and Team

In addition to the national honor, Battisti has been named Conference Coach of the Year at the 1988, '92, '94, '95 and 2001 seasons. Over Battisti's tenure, his teams have won six conference titles and played in four NAIA National Tournaments.

The 45-year-old attended Minnesota State University (Mankato) where he graduated in 1981. He received a master's in Education from the University of Minnesota in 1985. 

He and his wife Shelly have two sons: Levi, 20 and Cooper, 7 and a daughter, Tisha, 24.  

Brian Humphries, Assistant Coach

Brian Humphries, Assistant Coach

Humphries begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Rangers. Last season he was an assistant for Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, OK, where he helped lead the Jets to a 17-14 season. Humphries played one year at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. At Burlington high school, he made the OBCA All-State team as a gaurd. Humphries is majoring in Health and Physical Education.



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