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Patrick Baker is set for his second season in Berkeley after joining the Cal family in February 2011. In his first year on the pitch with the Golden Bears, Cal won 12 matches and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Widely recognized as one of the premier soccer minds in the nation, Baker has a bevy of coaching awards, NCAA Tournament experience that goes as deep as the Women's College Cup, not to mention a proven history of winning at each of his stops for he holds coaching records at such storied programs as Georgia and Florida State.
Baker joins the Bears after spending one year as the head coach of Rollins College. Prior to coaching the Tars, Baker was the all-time winningest coach at Georgia from 2005-09. In his time in Athens, Ga., he earned a 66-36-6 record, guiding the Bulldogs to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007, '08 and '09. The SEC lauded him as the 2007 Coach of the Year after UGA finished the season at 18-4-2 and 8-1-2 in the conference. A talented recruiter, his 2007 signing class was 15th in the country and eighth in 2009. An ardent supporter of academics, his squad was earned the prestigious NSCAA Team Academic Award in each of his five seasons at the Georgia helm.
No stranger to top notch Division I soccer, Baker was the head coach at Florida State from 1999-2004. Largely credited with developing that program into a national contender, Baker posted a six-year record of 80-46-11 and taking the Seminoles to their first-ever NCAA College Cup appearance in 2003, when he was named the Soccer America National Coach of the Year. In five of his six seasons in Tallahassee, FSU finished in the top-20 five times with a top-five finish in 2003. Over his time with Florida State, the Seminoles advanced to the NCAA round of 16 in 2000 and '02, registering 18 wins over ranked teams.
A presence that still stands in the FSU history, Baker coached all four of the highest scoring teams in Florida State history and the list does not stop there. His Seminole squads hold school records for wins, winning percentage, best Atlantic Coast Conference winning percentage, most ACC wins, most goals scored and fewest goals allowed.
Baker cut his teeth in the collegiate ranks at North Carolina Wesleyan College in 1989. At that Division III institution, he served as the head coach of the women's soccer program, taking on the jobs of sports information director for 12 sports and head groundskeeper for the soccer facility.
In five years at NC Wesleyan, Baker led his team to a record of 45-21-4, twice earning Dixie Conference Coach of the Year honors. He coached the Lady Bishops to three Division III NCAA Tournament appearances compete with three top-10 finishes. In 1991, Baker was named the NSCAA Division III South Region Coach of the Year. Baker was inducted into the North Carolina Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Following his success at Wesleyan, Baker made the jump to Division I as he became the head women's soccer coach at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1994. Over the next five years, Baker compiled a 42-37-5 record at the Quaker helm. The Quakers were crowned ECAC champions in 1997 with one of the youngest squads in the Ivy League.
Beyond the college ranks, Baker is a long-standing force in the U.S. National Team programs. He served as the interim head coach for the U-17 National Team after assisting head coach David Smith with the then-newly formed team. He has also assisted U-19 National Team head coach Tracey Leone on numerous occasions at the Arco Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., preparing the team for the inaugural U-19 FIFA World Championships. In 2001, Baker played a crucial role in preparing the U-19 National Team prepare for the Mexican National Team and a European tour in 2001.
He served as the head coach for the Region III girl's Olympic Development Program (ODP) and was named an assistant coach for the 2000 U-16 Women's National Team. Baker has attended the South Region ODP camps since 1990, and has amassed 24 years experience at all levels of the ODP. Prior to working with the U-16 team, he assisted head coach Lauren Gregg with the U-21 National Team for three years. He had four years at the U-14 state level in North Carolina and was the 1996 U-17 ODP state coach for Eastern 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 also the U.S. South Region amateur coach for the five years where he received the national coach of the year award in 1994.
Baker currently represents the Region IV Girls Olympic Development Program and was recently named the '97 age-group coach for 2012-13. He coaches the team with former Cal head coach Kevin Boyd, who is now at Arizona State.
Baker received a bachelor of arts from Otterbein College in 1989 in radio and television broadcasting and journalism with a minor in public relations. A four-year starter for the men's soccer team, Baker captained his team during his junior and senior seasons. He was a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) All-Academic Team from 1986-89, was a First-Team All-OAC selection in 1989 and played on three OAC Championship squads.
"Patrick is an outstanding coach whose history of taking teams deep into the NCAA Tournament will be a huge asset to us," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. "He is also a very talented recruiter who understands what is important to the student-athlete experience."