March 1, 2000 - by
Florida State’s Patrick Baker Named U-16 National Team Assistant Coach

March 1, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s head women’s soccer coach Patrick Baker
has been named the 2000 U-16 Women’s National Team assistant coach. Baker
joins Tracy Leone, head coach for the U-16 national team and former head
coach at ACC rival Clemson University for the 2000 season.

“I was thrilled when Tracy called me and asked me to be her assistant,”
Baker said. “It’s just exciting to be a part of the program and working with
the youth. I spent last year working with the U-21 team, which has the game
experience and the higher skill level, these are the players you work with
more on the game itself and strategy in playing. Working with the U-16 team,
you get the raw talent and have the challenge to make those players better
before they get to the collegiate level. You still get the chance to talk
strategy and playing but at the same time, teach them all kinds of neat
things they might not know yet.”

Baker coached the Seminoles to a 9-9-1 record in the regular season in his
first year at Florida State. He led the team to the second best season in
the history of the program and a spot in the NSCAA Southeast Regional
Rankings for the first time since 1996. Baker signed his second recruiting
class this spring, welcoming 10 new ladies to the 2000 signing class,
including top players from Florida, Texas, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois,
Tennessee, New York and Sweden.

The U-16 women’s national team will hold its first camp March 11-19 at the
ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Baker served as the U-21
women’s national team assistant coach in 1999 under Lauren Gregg.

Baker came to FSU last spring from University of Pennsylvania after leading
the Quakers to a #6 NSCAA Mid-Atlantic regional ranking and an ECAC
championship. As a player at Otterbein college, Baker was a four-year
starter on the Cardinals’ soccer team and played on three of their
conference championship squads. During his senior year, he served as captain
and was named First-Team All-Ohio Athletic Conference. Baker received his
bachelors of arts in radio and television broadcasting as well as journalism
in 1989.

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