FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Patrick Baker Joins Team Boca Coaching Staff
March 29, 2013, Boca Raton, Fl, Patrick Baker, the new Head Women's Soccer Coach at Florida Atlantic University, will also be a Coach and Trainer for the Team Boca Soccer Club, the Competitive Travel Division of the Soccer Assoc. of Boca Raton (SABR). Baker is a nationally renowned college coach, 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 extremely excited to have Coach Baker join our staff at Team Boca" said Bill D'Addio, the Team Boca Director "Patrick is one of the most experienced coaches in the country and he will make a tremendous addition to our program. His vast experience will greatly benefit our players in several areas including technical and tactical development, as well assisting in their college recruitment efforts"
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 FSU 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 to a No. 20 national ranking.
Beyond the college ranks, Baker is a long-standing force in the U.S. National Team programs. He served as the interim head coach for the U-17 National Team after assisting head coach David Smith with the then-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. In 2001, Baker played a crucial role in preparing the U-19 National Team prepare for the Mexican National Team and a European tour in 2001.
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 24 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 National Team for three years. He had 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 currently represents the Region IV Girls Olympic Development Program and was recently named the '97 age-group coach for 2012-13.
Coach Baker will coach a High School age premier level team at Team Boca, along with serving as a Staff Trainer and College Recruitment Advisor.
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