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

 

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Patrick Baker - Head Coach

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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.



Laura Jackson- Assistant Coach


Laura Jackson joined the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer staff as assistant coach in March of 2017. She is the CurriculumDevelopment and Coach Educational Manager for FAU Soccer Academy, directing all aspects related to curriculum and staff development as well as all Coach Education Programs where she must construct, evaluate, and teach all aspects of the coaching curriculum to all coaches within FAU Soccer Academy.

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.


Cameron Fertenbaugh - Assistant Coach

Cameron Fertenbaugh

 

Cameron Fertenbaugh joined the Florida Atlantic University women’s soccer coaching staff in August of 2018 as an assistant and with the task of heading up the team’s goalkeepers.

In his first year with the program, the Owls were 12-8-1, and by going 8-1-1 in Conference USA play, earned a share of the C-USA regular season title. Under Fertenbaugh's tutelage, Jennifer Ocampo and Brianna Waggoner combined to notch six league shutouts and give up just five goals to C-USA opposition. Ocampo earned Second Team All-C-USA honors following her senior campaign, ranking second in the league with seven total shutouts, and fourth with 81 saves. She was also twice chosen as C-USA Goalkeeper of the Week.
 
Fertenbaugh was most recently a member of the women’s soccer staff at Penn State University, in a season that saw the Nittany Lions go 15-5-4, win the Big 10 Tournament, advance to the NCAA quarterfinal round, and finish No. 5 in the United Soccer Coaches poll. He has vast experience mentoring goalkeepers, including as the goalkeeping staff coach for the Region 1 Olympic Development Program since 2016, while also scouting for them.
 
Additionally during this time, Fertenbaugh served as goalkeeping coach for the Lancaster Inferno of the United Women’s Soccer league, and was the goalkeeping technical director for Mountain District Union of the Centre State Association. That was on top of being the head coach for the latter program’s U19B and U10B squads.
 
Fertenbaugh also previously worked with Elite Soccer as goalkeeping coach for U-10 to U-17, and further prior experience came with Keystone FC (as goalkeeping technical director, goalkeeping academy director and coach from 2015-2017), as an assistant coach at York College of Pennsylvania, and at Mallard Creek High School, where he earned Mecklenburg District Assistant Coach of the Year.
 
Prior to entering into the coaching ranks, Fertenbaugh was a prolific player as well. He played professionally with Harrisburg Heat of the Major Arena Soccer League, and while in college, earned 2008 USCAA All-American honors with the Penn State Beaver squad. Also there, the year prior, he was named PSUAC All-Conference and All-Academic. As a member of the Penn State Soccer Club, he helped lead the team to the national quarterfinals in 2009.
 
Fertenbaugh earned his bachelor of science in economics from Penn State, and has numerous coaching licenses, including his USSF D license, and an NSCAA advanced national goalkeeper diploma.


Current FAU Women's Soccer Players

Current FAU Women's Soccer Players