Justin Bauman is in his fourth season on the Wake Forest basketball staff in 2017-18, serving as the Demon Deacons’ Director of Basketball Operations.
During his first three seasons at Wake Forest, Bauman has been a part of a coaching staff that has rebuilt the Demon Deacon program, which returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2017. The 2016-17 Deacs, featuring All-American and eventual NBA first round pick John Collins, ranked in the top 10 nationally in offensive efficiency. Wake Forest set school records with 268 3-pointers and 77.8 percent from the free throw line as the Deacs averaged 82.8 points per game.
Bauman came to Wake Forest in April 2014 following a two-year stint in the same position under Danny Manning at the University of Tulsa. He helped lead the Golden Hurricane to the 2013-14 Conference USA championship, the program’s first title since 2003.
Tulsa went 38-29 overall and 21-11 in C-USA play during Bauman’s two seasons on staff. The Golden Hurricane played in the postseason both years, including earning a No. 13 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Tulsa also participated in the 2013 CBI, finishing that season with a winning record of 17-16 overall.
The Golden Hurricane went 21-13 overall and 13-3 in C-USA in 2013-14, earning a share of the 2013-14 regular season title, its first since winning the WAC in 2002. Tulsa captured the C-USA tournament title over Louisiana Tech, securing its first NCAA Tournament berth in 11 seasons. Tulsa earned a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament and fell 76-59 to No. 4 seed UCLA in the second round.
Previously, Bauman spent four seasons at the University of San Francisco, working under coach Rex Walters, where he served two seasons as the director of basketball operations before being promoted to assistant coach for his final two years with the Dons.
In his two seasons as a full-time assistant coach, San Francisco posted a 39-29 overall record. The Dons went 20-14 record in 2011-12, marking the first 20-win season for the program in 30 years, and played in the postseason CBI tournament.
Prior to his tenure at USF, Bauman spent two seasons as the director of basketball operations at Florida Atlantic University.
An alumnus of the University of Kansas, Bauman spent six years with the Jayhawks basketball program, including three years as a student manager and three seasons as a head manager/student assistant coach.
From 2000 to 2003, Bauman assisted Roy Williams’ staff with gameday and practice operations. As head manager under Bill Self from 2003 to 2006, Bauman assisted with on-campus recruiting, practices, scouting reports and team travel. He oversaw the student support staff and all aspects of the team’s equipment and apparel needs.
While at Kansas, Bauman was part of four Big XII regular season championships, one postseason Big XII championship, two Final Fours and six-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. During his tenures at Kansas, Florida Atlantic and San Francisco, Bauman has seen 32 players go on to play professional basketball.
Bauman played collegiate basketball for one season at Lincoln (Ill.) College.
A native of Canton, Ill., Bauman graduated from Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and fitness in 2004 and a master’s degree in sports studies in 2006.
Bauman and his wife, Stacy, have one daughter, Tatum.
The Justin Bauman File
University of Kansas, 2004
Sports Management and Fitness
University of Kansas, 2006
Played one season at Lincoln (Ill.) College.
2015-pres. (4th season)
Director of Basketball Operations, Wake Forest
2013-14 (2 seasons)
Director of Basketball Operations, University of Tulsa
2011-12 (2 seasons)
Assistant Coach, University of San Francisco
2009-10 (2 seasons)
Director of Basketball Operations, University of San Francisco
2007-08 (2 seasons)
Director of Basketball Operations, Florida Atlantic University
2004-06 (3 seasons)
Head Manager/Student Assistant Coach, University of Kansas