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Formerly the head coach at Georgia and most recently an associate head coach at Cal, Partick Baker turned Florida State into a national power in women's soccer.


Return to sunshine

FAU has hired former Florida State soccer coach Patrick Baker to take over the Owls' women's soccer program, has learned.

Originally published on 2/15/2013

by Chuck King

Former Florida State women's soccer coach Patrick Baker is returning to the Sunshine State, taking over as Florida Atlantic's women's soccer coach, has learned.

As the head coach at Florida State from 1999 to 2004, Baker's Seminoles finished ranked in the Top 20 five times, including reaching Florida State's first ever final four in 2003. He earned Soccer America National Coach of the Year honors that season.

After Florida State, Baker became the head coach at Georgia, taking the Bulldogs to three NCAA tournaments and winning the SEC women's soccer Coach of the Year award in 2007. He resigned citing personal reasons following the 2009 season.

Baker was most recently the associate head coach at California, where he'd been for the past two seasons. Cal reached the Sweet 16 in 2011.

FAU informed its players of the hire on Friday. Baker is expected to be officially announced as the Owls' new coach next week.

Baker is replacing Brian Dooley, who left FAU after 14 years to join the coaching staff at Missouri.

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