WINTER PARK, Fla. (May 3, 2010) – Rollins College Director of Athletics Pennie Parker has announced the hiring of Patrick Baker as the new head coach of the College’s women’s soccer program. Baker comes to Rollins with more than two decades of coaching experience and has spent the last five years as head coach at the University of Georgia (UGA).

“I am honored to have Coach Baker as part of the Rollins family,” said Parker. “His coaching record speaks to his commitment to both athletic and academic success. He will be a tremendous addition to our department and staff.”

Baker inherits a Rollins program that has won each of the last two Sunshine State Conference titles and hasn’t lost in league play since 2007. The Tars have also reached the third round of the NCAA Division II Tournament the last two seasons. Former head coach Tony Amato left Rollins in March to take over the women’s soccer program at Stephen F. Austin University. Longtime assistant Alicia Milyak, who served as interim head coach during the transition, will stay on Baker’s staff as an assistant. 

"My family and I are very excited to be joining such a fine athletic department at one of the most exceptional colleges in the country. Rollins College has so much to offer their students and the women's soccer program has enjoyed tremendous success. Throughout the interviewing process, we realized that Rollins is a good fit for not only my family at this time, but it also embodies my coaching philosophies.  I would like to thank Athletic Director Pennie Parker and the members of the search committee for allowing me the opportunity to continue my coaching career with such a celebrated program."

Baker is the winningest coach in Bulldogs’ history, amassing a record of 66-36-6 while leading UGA to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, ’08, ’09). He was named the 2007 SEC Coach of the Year after leading Georgia to an 18-4-2 overall record and 8-1-2 in conference action. Baker’s recruiting classes annually rank among the best in the nation: his 2007 class at Georgia was tabbed 15th and the 2009 class was ranked eighth. His student-athletes also excel in the classroom, having won the NSCAA Team Academic Award in each of his five seasons at UGA.  

Prior to Georgia, Baker spent six seasons (1999-2004) as the head coach at Florida State University (FSU), leading the Seminoles to a record of 80-46-11. In 2003, FSU advanced to the school’s first NCAA College Cup appearance and led Baker to being named the Soccer America National Coach of the Year. Over his six-year FSU career, Baker’s squads finished in the top-20 five straight times, including a top-five showing in 2003. The Seminoles reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2000 and 2002 and they registered 18 wins against ranked teams. He also coached all four of the highest-scoring teams in Florida State history. His Seminole squads hold school records for wins, winning percentage, best ACC winning percentage, most ACC wins, most goals scored and fewest goals allowed.

Baker began his coaching career at Division III North Carolina Wesleyan College in 1989. Not only was he the head coach of the women’s soccer program, but also took on the jobs of Sports Information Director for 12 sports and Head Groundskeeper for soccer.

In five years at NC Wesleyan, Baker led his team to a record of 45-21-4, twice earning Dixie Conference Coach of the Year honors. He coached the Lady Bishops to three Div. III NCAA Tournament appearances and three Top 10 finishes as well. In 1991, Baker was named the National Soccer Coaches of America (NSCAA) Division III South Region Coach of the Year. Baker was inducted into the  North Carolina Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.

Following his success at Wesleyan, Baker made the jump to Division I as he became the head women’s soccer coach at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1994. Over the next five years, Baker compiled a 42-37-5 record in at the Quaker helm.

Baker is also an integral member of the US National Team program and served as the interim head coach for the U-17 National Team after assisting head coach David Smith with the newly formed team. He has also assisted U-19 National Team Head Coach Tracey Leone on numerous occasions at the Arco Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., preparing the team for the inaugural U-19 FIFA World Championships. Baker helped the U-19 National Team prepare for a match against the Mexican National Team and for a European tour in 2001. He recently traveled to help prep the full national team for an Olympic friendly? versus the Australian National Team that Baker’s squad faced three times during the summer of 2004. He served as the head coach for the Region III girl’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) and was named an assistant coach for the 2000 U-16 Women’s National Team.

Baker has attended the South Region ODP camps since 1990 and has amassed 18 years experience at all levels of the ODP. Prior to working with the U-16 team, he assisted head coach Lauren Gregg with the U-21 Women’s National Team for three consecutive years. He served four years at the U-14 state level in North Carolina and was the 1996 U-17 ODP state coach for Eastern Pennsylvania. Baker coached the U-16 and U-18 ODP South Regional camps for eight years and was the assistant coach for the U-17 South Region team from 1991-93. Baker was also the U.S. South Region amateur coach for the five years where he received the national coach of the year award in 1994.

Baker received his Bachelor of Arts from Otterbein College in 1989 as a double major in radio & television broadcasting and journalism with a minor in public relations. He graduated with a 3.67 GPA and was a four-year starter for the men’s soccer team. Baker was named team captain as a junior and senior. He was a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) All-Academic Team from 1986-89, was a First-Team All-OAC selection in 1989 and played on three OAC Championship squads. Baker played soccer for 11 years in England and Germany while his father was stationed overseas with the U.S. Air Force.

Baker is married to Kelly Sack-Baker, and the couple has two children, Emma Louise and Ryan Patrick.

Rollins’ storied athletic tradition boasts 22 National Championships, 63 Sunshine State Conference titles and six Mayor’s Cup All-Sports Championships. Rollins student-athletes also excel in the classroom and have posted combined GPAs of 3.0 or higher in the past 19 consecutive semesters. For more information on Tars Sports, visit our Web site at www.RollinsSports.com.

Founded in 1885, Rollins College is Florida's oldest recognized college, and is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's best colleges." Its Crummer Graduate School of Business is consistently ranked by Forbes magazine among the best business schools for return on investment and Forbes recently ranked the MBA program number one overall in Florida. For more information about Rollins, visit our Web site at www.rollins.edu. 

TRANSACTION: Patrick Baker, former head women’s soccer coach at the University of Georgia, named head women’s soccer coach at Rollins College.