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.
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.