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In 2014, FAU's defense made waves around the conference as Baker's 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 ten overtime games. In his first season at the helm, Baker's team came on strong at the end of 2013, 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
|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|
|2010||Rollins||10-5-2||NCAA DII Tournament|
|Total||24 seasons||257-181-38||Only women's soccer coach in history to go to DI, II and III postseason tournaments|