FAU hires Patrick Baker as new women’s soccer head coach

Zack Kelberman

FAU women’s soccer has found its new head coach.

On Wednesday, the athletic department announced the school has hired former Florida State coach Patrick Baker to head the Lady Owls soccer squad.

Baker replaces former FAU coach Brian Dooley, who left last month for a coaching position with Missouri.

“We are excited to welcome Patrick Baker and his family to Florida Atlantic University,” FAU Athletic Director Pat Chun said, according to FAUSports.com. “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.”

The 2003 National Coach of the Year with the Seminoles, Baker led FSU to six NCAA Tournament appearances. His 80-46-11 record included one trip to the NCAA Division I Final Four.

Baker departed Florida State in 2005, when he took the same position with the University of Georgia. In his five seasons with the Bulldogs, he amassed a 66-36-6 record, becoming the winningest coach in UGA history.

Baker hopes to bring a winning attitude to an FAU club that’s coming off a 5-13 season in 2012.

“Florida has a number of very talented collegiate women’s soccer programs, and we feel Florida Atlantic University can become one of those programs with a presence nationally,” Baker said, per FAUSports.com. “FAU is located in a prosperous soccer area that has unlimited potential and has developed tremendous talent for many years. Boca Raton and the surrounding areas provide an unbelievable quality of life for our student-athletes. I am really excited about the task of building another successful women’s soccer program.”