Maryville College

Maryville College Athletics
502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy Maryville, TN 37804
Division 3 Tennessee Southeast
Private Small National competitor


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Pepe Fernandez

Head Coach (Tennessee Wesleyan College, '85/ Lincoln Memorial University, '90)

Coach Fernandez is from Franklin, TN. He attended Father Ryan High School in Nashville, TN, and played in the Franklin Express Soccer Club in Williamson County. He played his collegiate soccer at Tennessee Wesleyan College, where he was a captain for three years, All-Conference for four years, All-South for four years and a two-time All-American.

Fernandez's coaching career began in 1985 as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He soon moved to Hixson High School, where he took the Wildcats to the state championship game in 1986 and had an undefeated regular season in 1987. That fall, he accepted a coaching position at Notre Dame High School, guiding the Lady Irish to a Final 4 and then a state championship in 1988. His boy's team made the regional final and regional semi-finals.

Coach Fernandez came to Maryville in 1989. At the conclusion of his 28th season at MC with the women (2017-18), he has led the men's and women's programs to several national rankings and 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance by the 2005 men's squad. Both teams have been consistently ranked in the Top 10 in the South and have had more than 50 All-South players and five All-Americans. Following the 2018=19 campaign, Fernandez holds impressive career records of 376-155-37 (.693) and 349-145-37 (.691) with the men and women, respectively. He was named the USA South Coach of the Year for both the men and women programs following the 2013 campaigns, while leading the women's squad to a 2014 USA South Championship.

With 349 wins, he is currently ranked 12th in victories among Division III women's soccer coaches, and he is ranked 20th in victories among coaches with a minimum of 10 years at a Division III institution.

Fernandez also played for two seasons in the USISL for the Knoxville Impact, serving one year as head coach. He holds the NSCAA National, Advanced National, and Premier Diplomas and is also a USSF-certified coach. He is also a State Head Coach for the Tennessee Olympic Development Program and is presently the state head coach of the 2000 boys.

Coach Fernandez was inducted into the Tennessee Wesleyan Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Maryville College Wall of Fame in the fall of 2011.

He lives in Maryville with his wife Fran and two sons Marc and Chris.

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Jon Baker

Associate Head Coach (Tennessee Wesleyan. '00)

Coach Baker is originally from the town of Billingham in the North East of England, and it was here where his coaching career began in 1993 working as a soccer development officer in the Middlesbrough area. During this time Baker also played semi-professional soccer for three years. He moved to the United States in 1995 to attend and play soccer at Tennessee Wesleyan College. During his time in Athens, he was a captain for two years and an All-Conference selection for three years from 1995-98. Baker graduated from TWC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with Teacher Licensure, and after graduation, Baker was the assistant coach for both the men and women’s soccer teams at Tennessee Wesleyan for the 1999 season.

In the summer of 2000 Baker moved to Maryville, Tenn. to accept the position of assistant men and women’s soccer coach, and held that position until 2009 when he was named as Associate Head Coach for the men and women’s soccer programs.

During his time with the Scots men’s program, they have had an overall record of 246 wins, 92 losses, and 30 ties. The men have won 13 regular season conference titles, 8 conference tournament titles, and 3 NCAA National Tournament appearances including 2005 when the Scots reached the “Sweet 16”. Baker has coached 54 All-Conference players, 22 All-South Region players, 1 All-American and 5 Academic All-Americans.

During his time with the Scots women’s program, they have had an overall record of 238 wins, 89 losses, and 25 ties. The women have won 14 regular season conference titles, 10 conference tournament titles, and 9 NCAA National Tournament appearances. Baker has coached 55 All-Conference players, 15 All-South Region players, and 1 Academic All-American.

Baker holds coaching licenses from both England and the United States. He holds his English Football Association Coaching, Teaching and Treatment of Injury certificates from the English Football Association, and the NSCAA National, and Advanced National Diplomas from the United States. As well as his coaching duties at Maryville College Baker has been a member of the coaching staff for the Tennessee Olympic Development Program for the past seventeen years and is presently the State Head Coach for the 2003 girls.

He lives in Maryville with his wife Amy and daughter’s Julianna and Emma.

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