BOULDER, Colo. – The Baylor Bears enter the 2015-16 season with a new coach after the recent promotion of assistant Mason Hering to head coach. Hering, who was an assistant with Baylor last season, takes over for Nick Lane who has stepped down. Lane, the father of young triplets, felt he was no longer able to offer the time commitment required to lead the program. Lane also commissioned the Allied Rugby Conference from 2013-14.
Prior to joining the Baylor coaching staff, Hering spent over a decade with the Austin Blacks as a player, coach and club administrator. Every bit of that experience will be useful as Hering attempts to move the Bears towards the top of the Red River Conference after finishing 1-4 a season ago.
“I’m really excited to see the amount of dedication and excitement the team has brought to the new season,” said Hering. “We didn’t achieve the success we wanted last season, and I think they now realize the top teams in the country who have continued success are those who are working hard year-round.”
Aiding the coaching transition is team captain and No. 8 Pete Hamm. Just a junior, Hamm has supplanted himself not only as the team’s best player, but a vocal leader as well.
Coming off its annual alumni game, Baylor’s first match under Hering is Sept. 12 against Texas A&M Central Texas. The Bears first Red River Conference match is Feb. 6 against Oklahoma.