Walter E. Baumann
Walter E. Baumann
Class: Class of 1963
Sport: Basketball, Coach, Assistant Athletic Director
Enshrined: Inducted October 26, 1991

Baumann was a talented forward for the Purple Knights from 1960-63, scoring 758 points in a three-year career.  He averaged in double-figures in both points and rebounds as a junior and senior, with 17.3 scoring and 12.7 rebounding as a senior.  A two-time All-State selection, Baumann received the prestigious Keleher Award in 1963 as the College's top scholar-athlete.  At the close of his senior season, he was named All-America honorable mention, and was a Catholic All-American.   After his playing days were over, he returned to the College as assistant athletic director, and took over as head basketball coach in 1972.  He led the Knights to the New England Division II Tournament in each of his first two seasons.  He served as SMC's head coach for seven seasons, and collected 91 victories--placing him third all-time at the College.  Baumann also coached the SMC golf team, and at the time of his induction still serves as a color commentator for radio broadcasts of SMC basketball games.

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