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Patrick Baker
Email: bakerp@fau.edu
Phone: 561-702-0837

 

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Patrick Baker - Head CoachPatrick

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.

Baker has spent the past two years at California-Berkeley, helping the Bears advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament in both seasons. He was the program's recruiting coordinator and helped attract PAC-12 Freshman of the Year Ifeoma Onumonu.


Michael Crane - Assistant CoachMichael

Crane comes to FAU after serving as an assistant coach and interim head coach at the University of Cincinnati of the Big East Conference during the 2012 season. He helped coordinate recruiting events and prospect correspondence throughout the country. Crane began his coaching career at Duke University as an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach. He helped the Blue Devils qualify for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and NCAA tournaments, and goalkeeper Tara Campbell earned second-team All-ACC and All-ACC Freshman Team, while also participated in the Under-20 Nation Team Camp in 2009.

In 2010, Crane was an assistant coach at Clemson University, leading the Tigers' national recruiting and evaluation efforts. He is familiar with FAU after serving as an assistant coach at the University of South Alabama of the Sun Belt Conference in 2011. That season the Jaguars had a seven-win increase, the program's best record (12-5-3) in 10 years and the highest finish in the previous five conference seasons.


Laura Jackson- Assistant Coach

 

Laura Jackson joined the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer staff as assistant coach in March of 2017.

Jackson comes to Boca Raton most recently from the University of Idaho, where she spent the last four seasons on staff. She helped to lead the Vandals to back-to-back Big Sky regular season titles the last two years, which included an undefeated conference mark in 2015 (9-0-1), followed by the squad going 7-1-2 this past year. Overall, Idaho was 24-9-7 during that span, and their 2015 record compared to the season prior was most improved in the NCAA.

Jackson began her collegiate career at Syracuse and finished it at Iona, where she was twice named All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and was team captain and a MAAC All-Tournament team member in 2012. She also coached at Iona before making the move to Idaho, and has experience with both goalkeepers and field players. In 2016, she gained entry into the NSCAA’s prestigious “30 Under 30” program, identifying the top young soccer coaches nationwide.

Prior to her collegiate playing career, Jackson was a member of the Watford club team in the English Premier League, as well as part of the Arsenal Youth Academy. In addition to her college coaching experience, she has also coached club soccer with Moscow United/Quad City Fusion and Idaho Elite Soccer Academy.

Jackson earned her master's degree in neuroscience from Idaho and is working towards her PhD from the school in sports psychology (with a concentration on team and individual psychological performance).  She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Iona, and twice while at Syracuse, made the athletic director’s honor roll. She is a native of London, England.

 


Current FAU Women's Soccer Players

Current FAU Women's Soccer Players