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Patrick Baker was named head coach of the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer program in February 2013 after successful stints at NCAA Division I, II and III institutions. Baker is the fourth head coach in the program's 22 year history.
Baker brings a winning pedigree to FAU, being the only women's soccer coach in NCAA history to take a team to the Division I, II and III postseason tournaments. He was named the 2003 National Coach of the Year by Soccer America, amassed an 80-46-11 record, and had one team advance to the NCAA Division I Final Four. His teams had 18 wins over ranked opponents, including six victories over top 10 teams.
"We are excited to welcome Patrick Baker and his family to Florida Atlantic University," said Patrick Chun, FAU's Director of Athletics. "Patrick is passionate about developing the whole student-athlete. He has made an impact at every place he has coached. Patrick's track record as a teacher, coach and recruiter is a great fit for our university."
Baker's NCAA Division I coaching career started at Pennsylvania in the Ivy League for four years, then six years at Florida State of the Atlantic Coast Conference and five years at Georgia of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
Five of Baker's six Florida State teams qualified for the NCAA tournament, and the Seminoles made three Sweet 16 appearances and advanced to the 2003 Final Four. He is the only coach in Georgia program history to take three straight teams to the NCAA women's soccer tournament. His 2007 Bulldogs' team had the best record in school history (18-4-2) and posted an 8-1-2 mark in SEC play. In 2009, Baker helped guide Georgia o a No. 20 national ranking.
Baker has spent the past two years at California-Berkeley, helping the Bears advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament in both seasons. He was the program's recruiting coordinator and helped attract PAC-12 Freshman of the Year Ifeoma Onumonu.
Before coaching at the NCAA Division I level, Baker was head coach at Rollins College (NCAA Division II) in 2010 and North Carolina Wesleyan College (Division III) from 1989-1994.
Baker also added: "We have been fortunate to turn around programs at several colleges. The process is never easy and requires hard work by the staff and the players. The blueprint for success will allow our players to excel in the classroom, on the playing field and within the community. Player development and recruiting will be two of our top priorities."