December 22, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University Director of Athletics Dave
Hart announced Tuesday the hiring of Patrick Baker, former University of
Pennsylvania head soccer coach and the 1999 Under-21 National Team
assistant coach, as the new head coach for the Seminole soccer program.
“We are very pleased to have Patrick Baker coming to Florida State to lead
our women’s soccer program,” said Hart. “Patrick fit our profile extremely
well. He is highly respected by his peers in intercollegiate soccer as well
as in Olympic Development Programs and national team circles. He shares our
vision of building a nationally-competitive women’s soccer program at
“I am honored that Kim (Record) and Dave (Hart) chose me to lead this
program,” said Baker. “The program has great potential to be a high profile
and nationally competitive women’s soccer program.
“The good thing about coming into a program at this time is it allows the
players to know that a coach is in place and we can get right into meetings
and let them know what we expect. We’ll use the spring to gauge the current
talent and identify our strengths and weaknesses.”
Baker becomes FSU’s second women’s soccer coach after serving as the head
coach at the University of Pennsylvania for five years where he established
a 42-37-5 record. Baker led the 1997 squad to the best finish in school
history as they finished 14-5-0 and were crowned the ECAC Champions. He was
also named the 1997 Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. Baker served on
the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division I
Mid-Atlantic Rankings committee from 1995 to 1998 and served on the
Intercollegiate Soccer Coaches Association of America (ISAA) South Region
Rankings Committee from 1990 to 1993.
Baker is also a noted member of the United States Youth Soccer community.
He currently serves as the U.S. Youth Soccer Association South Region Coach
and has attended South Region Olympic Development (ODP) camps since 1990.
Baker has a total of 12 years experience at all levels of the Olympic
Development Program. He served four years at the U-14 state level in North
Carolina and was the 1996 U-17 ODP state coach for Pennsylvania. Baker
coached the U-16 and U-18 ODP South Regional camps for eight years and was
the assistant coach for the U-17 South Region team from 1991-93. Baker was
the U.S. South Region Amateur coach for five years where he received the
national coach of the year award in 1994.
Baker continues to assist head coach Lauren Gregg with the women’s
national team for the third consecutive year. He served as Gregg’s
volunteer assistant for the U-20 national team the past two years and was
recently named the assistant coach for the 1999 U-21 women’s national team.
“Patrick brings a tremendous amount of experience to this program from the
highest levels of youth soccer,” said Lauren Gregg, assistant women’s
national team coach and head coach of the U-21 team. “He has done a
tremendous job as the regional head coach for ODP and has developed many
great coaches and players who have been an impact at the national level.
With his high level of enthusiasm he will do a fantastic job in making the
Florida State program a competitive one in such a prestigious conference.”
Prior to his head coaching stint at the University of Pennsylvania, Baker
achieved much success at the Division III level where he coached North
Carolina Wesleyan to three NCAA Division III tournament appearances and Top
10 finishes. He was the South Region Coach of the Year while at N.C.
Wesleyan and was the chair for the NCAA Division III South Region Committee
in 1993 as well as a member of the NCAA Division III South Region
“There are still some good players in this year’s recruiting class that
have not yet made up their mind where they want to play,” said Baker.
“Coming in right after the holiday gives us some time to recruit and bring
some of those players to FSU.”
Baker received his Bachelor of Arts from Otterbein College in 1989 where
has was a starter all four years for the men’s soccer team and garnered
all-conference and all-academic honors. He is married to Kelly Sack, the
former head women’s soccer coach at Rider University.