BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Central Cabarrus coach Baker to take over at private-school power Cannon

CONCORD — Cannon School in Concord, NC, has announced the appointment of Jim Baker as the new boys basketball coach. Baker, a former Catawba College men’s basketball coach, gained recognition for leading Central Cabarrus to consecutive state championships.

The announcement was made by Cannon School interim athletics director Danny Scurlock, who expressed excitement about Baker joining the Cannon community. Scurlock highlighted Baker’s commitment to student development and his successful track record in the sport.

Having spent seven successful seasons at Central Cabarrus High School, Baker achieved remarkable success by winning back-to-back state titles in 2023 and 2024. His leadership led to a record-setting 65 consecutive wins, establishing the Vikings as a dominant force in high school basketball.

Baker, a familiar face in the local basketball scene, brings a wealth of experience to Cannon School. With a history of success at Catawba College, where he guided the team to multiple NCAA Division II tournaments and conference championships, Baker is poised to elevate the Cannon Cougars’ basketball program.

Reflecting on his new role, Baker expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to work with the Cannon community and further develop the school’s athletics department. His coaching philosophy aligns with Cannon’s mission of nurturing talent and fostering student growth.

Joining Baker in his excitement are former players Dominick Reid and Kelvin Drakeford, who commend his coaching style and dedication to player development. Reid and Drakeford, who are involved in Cannon’s basketball program, look forward to collaborating with Baker to enhance the team’s performance.

Baker’s family background in sports, including his father’s coaching legacy and his brother’s career in baseball, underscores his passion for athletics. With a strong support system in place, Baker is set to begin his new role at Cannon on August 1, where he will lead the boys basketball program and provide mentorship to students across the school.

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