Navy vs. Binghamton Exhibition Match - Aug. 22, 2014
Nate Baker enters his fourth season as an assistant coach at Navy in 2015. Baker served as volunteer assistant coach in 2012 and has been a full-time assistant since 2013.
Baker’s first two years a full-time assistant saw Navy win a combined total of 27 games, tying for the best two-year span in school history.
Baker helped the team to an 11-4-5 overall record in 2014 and a 6-1-2 conference mark, which earned the Mids the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League Tournament. Navy finished the season on an 11-game unbeaten streak at 7-0-4. Navy spent three weeks ranked in the NSCAA Top 25 and went 2-0-1 against nationally ranked opponents, which included a 2-1 win over #10 Maryland.
Navy led the Patriot League in both score offense and goals-against average in 2014. Six Mids earned all-conference honors and senior Joseph Greenspan was named to the NSCAA All-America First Team and was selected in the MLS SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids.
In his first year as the first assistant in 2013, Baker helped Navy to its best season in decades. Navy advanced to the NCAA Second Round and had an overall record of 16-4-2. Navy won both the Patriot League Tournament and Regular Season Championships and finished the season ranked No. 25 in the NSCAA national poll.
After a 1-3-2 start to the season, Navy went on a 15-game winning streak that carried the Mids through the Patriot League Regular Season and Tournament unscathed and into the NCAA Round of 32 after defeating VCU, 3-0, in the NCAA First Round.
Navy established a new program record with his 16 wins in 2013, while also setting a Patriot League record with the team's nine conference wins. Navy had an NSCAA All-American in Joseph Greenspan and a CoSIDA Academic All-American in Zach Davis.
Baker helped the Midshipmen to a 7-7-3 record in 2012, as a volunteer assistant coach, that featured a 5-2-1 start with wins over 20th-ranked George Mason, Big East member Pittsburgh and eventual Patriot League Tournament champion Lafayette. He helped coach a Navy offense that finished 23rd in the country in scoring offense (1.88 goals per game) and featured five players that scored at least 10 points for the first time in 12 years. A pair of Navy players earned All-Patriot League recognition for the first time since 2006 and freshman Derek Vogel (Long Beach, Calif.) was named a freshman All-American by CollegeSoccerNews.com and the league's Rookie of the Year.
Prior to his time at Navy, he spent the previous year as the Executive Director of Soccer Means More, LLC, a training company that worked as an adjunct to club training, writing an age-specific curriculum for every level that stressed technique on and off the ball. In March 2013, Baker was elevated to the role of president at Soccer Means More, LLC.
Starting in 2009, he was a staff coach at the Freestate Soccer Alliance, coaching the U-13 Strikers to promotion in three successive seasons in the NCSL. Baker led the team to the Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament crown in 2009 and won the US Soccer Club Regionals with two different groups in 2010. He coached a pair of squads to first-place finishes in Division II NCSL in the fall of 2010.
He has also spent time as a staff coach for the Maryland Olympic Development Program and as a college summer coach at both the University of Maryland and Navy.
Baker is a 2007 graduate of American University, where he was a four-year starter for the Eagles and led the team to the Patriot League Championship in 2004. He served as a two-year captain and helped American also reach the 2005 league final. He graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism, boasting a 3.40 GPA.
Following his time at American, Baker played professionally for the four years with the Harrisburg City Islanders and Real Maryland Monarchs of the United Soccer League (USL). As a starter on both squads, Baker helped his squads defeat DC United (2007) and the New England Revolution (2009) to gain quarterfinal berths in the US Open Cup.
Baker has obtained the USSF A-License, which focuses on recognizing the principles of the game and its technical applications in 11v11 game format and how these principles influence positional, group and team organization. The course also examines player, team and game management issues as they relate to the senior level player.
Baker resides in Annapolis with his wife, Brittany, their newborn daughter, Anna, and their German Shepherd, Forrest.