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.