Feb. 20, 2013
BERKELEY - After working for the past two seasons as the associate head coach of the California women's soccer team, Patrick Baker is leaving the program to take the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic, Golden Bear head coach Neil McGuire announced on Wednesday. Baker is returning to the head coaching ranks and to the state of Florida, where he was the head coach at Florida State (1999-2004) and Rollins College (2010). Among his stops, Baker was also the head coach at Georgia (2007-09) and at Penn (1994-98).
Baker was part of a staff that led the Bears to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons and, most recently, assisted McGuire in assembling a talented recruiting class - ranked No. 18 by TopDrawerSoccer.com - for 2013.
"We are thrilled for Patrick and know Florida Atlantic is getting a first-class coach and tremendous ambassador for its athletic department," McGuire said. "We owe a lot to Pat as he has been an integral part of our recent success. We will miss him but wish him every success."
"My two years at Cal have been so rewarding personally and professionally," Baker said. "Coach McGuire has taught me a great deal about soccer, the business world and how to strive for balance in life. I said an emotional goodbye to the players who truly `Live Like Champions.' This program will continue to win a lot of games, excel in the classroom and give back to the community. I am proud to have represented such a wonderful institution, and I also want to thank Senior Associate Athletic Director Foti Mellis for giving Kelly and I the opportunity to be Golden Bears. The time is right to get back into the head coaching ranks and develop another program at Florida Atlantic University. Go Bears!"
Cal's staff now includes McGuire and assistant coach Cori Alexander.
McGuire will immediately begin a national search for a new assistant coach.