Patrick Baker
Patrick  Baker

Position:
Head Coach


08/21/2016

Women's Soccer Falls to No. 7 Florida 3-0

Pernille With a Shot on Goal

08/19/2016

Women's Soccer Begins Year with 2-1 Win Over Southern Utah

Holmes and Rowland Tally Scores for the Owls

07/14/2016

Message from Vice President and Director of Athletics Pat Chun

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02/10/2016

FAU Signs Baker to Contract Extension

Baker's contract runs through 2021

02/03/2016

Women's Soccer Inks 12 on National Signing Day

Coach Patrick Baker signs 12 new Owls

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.

This past season, Baker led the team to their best finish in over 10 years, advancing all the way to the Conference USA Tournament final match. The Owls ended the year 12-8-2 while going 6-3-1 in C-USA play to earn the league's No. 4 seed. They upended the regular season champions, North Texas, in the semifinal round, but fell to Charlotte in the finals. The 12-8-2 record marked the first time the program has posted consecutive winning seasons since 2006-07, and the first time they had 10 or more wins in back-to-back years since 2005-06.

Eight members of the team earned C-USA postseason honors, including Goalkeeper of the Year Sydney Drinkwater. After a year where she led the league in shutouts (and broke the program's all-time record in that category) she was also chosen as a First Team member of the NSCAA All-Central Region Team, joined by fellow selections Erica Burt (Second Team) and Sammy Rowland (Third Team).

In 2015, Baker was named Co-Conference Coach of the Year following a successful season in which the Owls finished third in the C-USA standings. Five of his players All-C-USA honors, including First Team defender Erica Burt, while she and Claire Emslie were chosen as NSCAA All-Central Region. The squad was 12-8-1 overall, 6-3-1 in the conference, and pitched shutouts each of the last six regular season matches.

The year prior, in his second season atop the program, Baker's defense made waves around the conference as the squad allowed multiple goals in just five matches throughout the season. The Owls posted eight shutouts en route to a 7-9-4 season which featured a whopping 10 overtime games. In his first season at the helm in 2013, Baker's team came on strong at the end, winning back-to-back games to close out a 5-10-4 mark on the year. The Owls tied an NCAA record with four 0-0 draws.

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 spent the previous 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."

Baker's Head Coaching Record

Season

School

Record

Accomplishments

1989

N.C. Wesleyan

4-12-1

1990

N.C. Wesleyan

6-12-1

1991

N.C. Wesleyan

12-6

1992

N.C. Wesleyan

11-3-3

1993

N.C. Wesleyan

13-5-1

1994

Penn

4-11

1995

Penn

9-6-2

1996

Penn

5-10-2

1997

Penn

14-5

1998

Penn

11-5-1

1999

Florida State

9-10-1

ACC Tournament

2000

Florida State

14-8-2

NCAA Tournament - Third Round

2001

Florida State

15-8-1

NCAA Tournament

2002

Florida State

13-7-3

NCAA Tournament - Third Round

2003

Florida State

17-8-1

NCAA College Cup

2004

Florida State

12-5-3

NCAA Tournament

2005

Georgia

12-6-2

SEC Tournament

2006

Georgia

10-9

SEC Tournament

2007

Georgia

18-4-2

NCAA Tournament

2008

Georgia

11-11-1

NCAA Tournament

2009

Georgia

15-6-1

NCAA Tournament

2010

Rollins

10-5-2

NCAA DII Tournament

2013

FAU

5-10-4

2014

FAU

7-9-4

2015

FAU

12-8-1

2016

FAU

12-8-2

Total

26 seasons

281-197-41

Only women's soccer coach in history to go to DI, II and III postseason tournaments

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