July 2, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Seminole soccer head coach Patrick Baker has been selected to assist the United States U-19 national team in preparation for an upcoming match against Mexico and a European tour. Florida State’s third-year coach was asked by U-19 head coach Tracey Leone to assist her at the national team’s training camp in Chula Vista, Calif. where the team will continue to ready themselves for the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championships.
“Patrick Baker is one of America’s finest coaches and players love playing for him,” said Leone. “It’s a given that any team he coaches is going to be extremely well organized and inspired. Not only is he among the elite in his profession, he is also an exceptional human being. He runs his program with great integrity and pride.”
Baker was the runner-up for National Coach of the Year honors and named Southeast Region Coach of the Year after leading the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the 2000 NCAA Tournament. He has served as the director for Region III of the United State’s Olympic Development Program, an assistant coach for the U-16 US national team and spent three year’s as Lauren Gregg’s assistant with the U-21 national team. Overall, Baker has worked with the ODP for 14 years.
“I am honored to have been called in with the U-19 national team,” said Baker. “To be able to work with the best players in the United States and prepare them for competition is very exciting. Tracey has done a tremendous job with this team and I look forward to being a part of their development.”
Baker’s Seminoles will continue to prepare for the 2001 campaign in early August when the full squad returns to Tallahassee. FSU opens its preseason August 24th at 7:00 p.m. against the University of Georgia at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Florida State then kicks off the season by hosting two opponents who were regionally ranked in 2000 at the Seminole Soccer Tournament. The Seminoles open with George Mason Friday, Aug. 31 at 7:00 p.m. before taking on Loyola (MD) at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 2.