Jon Baker began his Maryville College assistant soccer coaching tenure in 2000. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2009.
For his efforts with the Scots, Baker was honored with induction into the Maryville College Athletics Wall of Fame in fall 2021.
Baker hails from the town of Billingham in the northeast of England, and it was there that his coaching career began in 1993 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. 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 to accept the position of assistant men and women’s soccer coach.
During his time with the Scots men’s program, they have had an overall record of 272 wins, 109 losses and 31 ties. The men have won 14 regular season conference titles, eight conference tournament titles, and made three NCAA tournament appearances, including 2005 when the Scots reached the “Sweet 16.” Baker has coached 61 All-Conference players, 25 All-South Region players, two All-Americans and six Academic All-Americans.
On the women’s side, Baker has coached the Scots to an overall record of 276 wins, 102 losses and 26 ties. The women have won 15 regular season conference titles, 11 conference tournament titles, and 10 NCAA tournament appearances. Baker has coached 66 All-Conference players, 16 All-South Region players, and two Academic All-Americans. He also aided MC's Shannon Reagan to become MC's first CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III Team Member of the Year and the Scots' first NCAA Post-graduate Scholarship winner. Reagan was named the 2020 USA South Rita Wiggs Woman of the Year.
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. In addition to his coaching duties at Maryville College, Baker also has been a member of the coaching staff for the Tennessee Olympic Development Program for the past 17 years.
He lives in Maryville with his wife, Amy, and daughters Julianna and Emma.