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Coaching Staff

PETER HURTGEN | Assistant Coach

Coach Peter Hurtgen (Hurt – chin) is in his third year with the Celts.  He helped the 2017-2018 team finish with a 16-12 record on the season.  It was the best season the Celts had in the past four years and helped tie for 6th in the conference.  The team also finished 14th in the country in defensive rebounding along with 19th in 3pt field goals made.  A big part of that success was due to Paris Marques (Atascocita High School), who finished on the second team all-conference in the Red River and Kennard Robinson (Sam Houston High School) who lead the conference in assist per game.

Before arriving at St. Thomas, Coach Hurtgen spent 4 years at Oak Ridge High school where he coached under Head Coach Neil Laminack and Joe Price.  Over the years, he has coached freshman to Junior varsity while being a varsity assistant.  Some of his bigger responsibilities were planning travel and film for all 5 high school teams.  During the best season at Oak Ridge, the war eagles upset a top-ranked Seven Lakes High school and Westfield High school, during a bi-district playoff game.
During his first 3 years of Coaching, Peter learned the craft under Steven Woods (Current Head Coach at Hightower High School) at MacArthur High School. 

While coaching basketball in high school, Peter also spent 3 years as an assistant cross-country coach where Conroe Oak Ridge High School finished 7th in state two different years.  He also spent time as the jumps coach in track and field where he coached Trumaine Jefferson (University of Houston) to a 2014 UIL 5A State Long Jump Championship.  He also coached Zachary Johnson (Sam Houston State) who received the 2016 UIL 6A third-place medal for the triple jump, 2017 UIL 6A 5thplace in Triple Jump, and a 3rd place medal in Long Jump.  In 2017, the team also placed 4th in the 6A UIL State Track and Field Meet.

Peter received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota State, Mankato in Mathematics Education.  He teaches full time as a Special Educational Mathematics teacher at Klein Oak High School.  He and his wife Allison were married in March of 2018.

BRIAN BAEHL | Assistant Coach

Brian Baehl enters his second year as assistant coach for the University of St. Thomas men's basketball team.  He comes to the University of St. Thomas after spending the 2017-2018 season in London, England playing for the East London All-Stars.

As the starting point guard, Baehl had a 4.0 assist/turnover ratio and helped lead the All-Stars to the National Basketball League Division 3 Finals.  The All-Stars also earned a promotion to Division 2 for the 2018-2019 season.

Baehl played collegiately at Austin College, where he appeared in 101 games for the ‘Roos, starting 96. He was a three-time All-Conference selection, recipient of the 2015 Pat E. Hooks Award for Most Outstanding Player, and two-time member of the SCAC All-Sportsmanship team.  He is also one of only 20 ‘Roos to score 1,000 career points.

Baehl graduated Cum Laude and received his bachelor's degree in Biology and Exercise and Sport Science from Austin College in 2017.  He was a two-time member of the SCAC Academic Honor Roll and also a member of the Dean’s List.


Baehl is a native of The Woodlands, Texas, where he attended The Woodlands High School.  He was a two-time All-District selection for the Highlanders, as well as an All-County selection as a senior. Baehl graduated from The Woodlands High School in 2013 and was a member of the National Honor Society.

ROBERT BYRD | Assistant Coach

Robert Byrd enters his second year as an assistant coach for the University of St Thomas men's basketball team. Robert joins the Celts after serving one year as an assistant and six years as Head men’s basketball coach at Lone Star College-CyFair. 

During his time at LSC-CyFair, Robert accumulated over 20 wins in each of his 6 seasons as Head Coach and guided over 30 players to 4-year Universities on Athletic and Academic Scholarships. 

In his tenure at LSC-CyFair Robert was in charge of tutoring, recruitment, securing sponsorships, management of the Men's basketball budget, advising student-athletes, practice planning, scouting and in-game coaching. 

Robert participated in the NBPA Top 100 camp in 2005 after being recognized as one of the top players in his class. He also worked with the NBPA Top 100 camp from 2009-2016 as a camp counselor and equipment manager and has had the opportunity to work with many top draft picks in the NBA during that time. 


Robert received his master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas in 2017 and his bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Houston in 2014. 

BENJAMIN SCHOEN | Assistant Coach