Ara Baten

Ara Baten

  • Title:
    Head Women's Basketball Coach
  • Organization:
    Women's Basketball
  • City:
    Odessa
  • State:
    TX
  • Phone:
    432-335-6331
  • Email:
    abaten@odessa.edu
  • Hometown:
    Andrews, TX
  • College :
    Eastern New Mexico University

Ara Baten begins his 13th year as the Head Coach of the Wranglers Women’s Basketball program.  

Since taking over the Women’s Basketball program at OC, Baten has seen a multitude of success on and off the court.  The Wranglers have reached the NJCAA D1 Women’s Basketball Tournament three consecutive seasons (2017, 2018, & 2019).

He has won 20 or more games in 10 seasons and OC has qualified for the Region 5 Tournament 11 years in a row dating back to 2009.  45 of his players have been named to the WJCAC All-Conference Team, 13 have been named All-Region, and two have been named NJCAA All-American (Morgan Holly 2014, & Mariah McCully 2017). 

A native of Andrews, Texas, Baten attended New Mexico Junior College, where he had the opportunity to play for Hall of Fame coach Ron Black.  During the 1991-92 basketball season, Coach Baten was a starter for New Mexico Junior College, a team which captured the Western Junior College Athletic Conference title.  Upon graduation from NMJC, Baten transferred to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico.   A two year starter for ENMU, Baten once again experienced a conference title as the Greyhounds won the Lone Star Conference championship, and a berth in the NCAA Division II “Sweet Sixteen”.

During the 1995-96 season, Baten was a graduate assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at Eastern New Mexico University, where he worked for Earl Diddle, the current women’s coach at Howard College.   In 1996, Ara Baten returned to New Mexico Junior Mexico as a member of the Lady Thunderbird basketball program, later spending six seasons as the Head Coach of the program.  During the 2002-03 season, Ara Baten was named the Coach of the Year in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.

Coach Baten is married to Tracy Baten and they have two children, Allen and Kelly.