Kelly Sack-Baker built the Rider University program from its very beginnings, amassing 16 wins in her two years at the helm. Sack-Baker helped develop some of the finest soccer talent in the northwest as a coach with the U16 New Jersey Olympic Development Program as well as with the Pennsylvania U19 and U17 Olympic Development Teams.
In addition to her coaching prowess, Sack-Baker is a multi-dimensional hire. She has taught upper division college classes, worked in a variety of positions outside of the soccer world and has volunteered her time in her communities.
"Kelly brings a unique blend of coaching, camp administration and marketing expertise, which will help round out the needs of our program," McGuire said. "Kelly has a strong background in academics, which will allow her to mentor our young women and act as a role model as they navigate Berkeley and prepare for their chosen careers."
When she coached at Rider, she was also heavily involved in the community being a mentor to young women and she served as the chair for Rider's National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Sack-Baker holds a United States Soccer Federation B license. Sack-Baker owns a bachelor's degree in philosophy and completed a masters of education in athletic administration.
In addition to her coaching expertise, Sack-Baker will also bring an exceptional background in athletic administration with her to Berkeley. Sack-Baker had dual roles when she worked at Widener University, a division III school where she was the head coach of the women's soccer team as well as the senior women's administrator. At Widener, she guided the Pride to the postseason in their first season of play and was duly named the conference's coach of the year.
In addition to her other roles at Widener, she also served as the director for intramurals, implemented a student-athlete work-study program all the while teaching as an adjunct professor of sports marketing, teaching upper level courses. Prior to Widener, she was the women's soccer and lacrosse coach at Randolf Macon Women's College in Virginia and was an assistant professor of physical education. Sack-Baker also held the position of marketing director with 3W Studios in Tallahassee, Fla., where she managed tradeshow and promotional events, dealing with account executives to establish networks for the company.
Additionally outside of soccer, Sack-Baker worked as a public affairs coordinator for Spring Corporation, where she worked with upper management to determine optimal use of community outreach funds and worked on corporate sponsorship projects. Sack-Baker was also a marketing specialist for the Computer Science Corporation, overseeing a $70 million contract. Most recently, she worked as a freelance copywriter and Marketing consultant in Athens, Georgia where she worked directly with fitness companies to develop their marketing strategies.