Kent Baker was named the head coach of the Alfred State Cross Country and Track & Field programs this summer.
Baker joins Alfred State after spending the last three years as the head coach at Keiser University (West Palm Beach, FL). At Keiser, he coached eight All-Americans during the 2014-15 season.
Prior to coaching at Keiser, Baker was a very successful high school coach at American Heritage School (Plantation, FL), Pinecrest School (Fort Lauderdale, FL), and Gulf Coast High School (Naples, FL). In 2010 and 2011 he was named the girls Coach of the Year by the Miami Herald News and the Sun-Sentinel News. In 2011 he was also named the girls Florida High School Coach of the Year in Class 2A.
Since 2004, Baker has been Director of High-Speed Performance where he conducts private and group sports specific training sessions, along with consultations with schools regarding athletics and physical fitness.
A native of Detroit, MI, Baker earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan and followed by post-graduate work in Physical Education and Athletic Administration at Central Michigan.
Baker began his coaching career at the collegiate level, serving as an Assistant Coach for Track and Field at Central Michigan University. His roles starting out including coaching the sprint events, meet management, academic advisor, and head recruiter.
After two years at Central Michigan, Baker accepted the Track and Field and Cross Country head coaching position at the University of Toledo. While at Toledo, Baker administered all phases of the Men's Track and Cross Country program and during his 13 year run, the varsity programs enjoyed some of their most successful seasons in school history. At Toledo, Baker produced five NCAA Division I All-Americans, four Olympic trial qualifiers, fifty Mid-American Conference (MAC) champions, six MAC conference record holders, five MAC conference athletes of the year, and Toledo's first Olympian, 110m hurdler Paul Sehzue.
Coach Baker is married to Adrian James and has one daughter, Rachael James-Baker who is a varsity member of the women's tennis team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
What others are saying about Coach Baker
"I have worked alongside Kent Baker and no one knows how to transform an athletic program like he does. He is an excellent recruiter and I am thrilled that he has the opportunity to put the overall finish on the Alfred State track and field and cross country athletic program. I am confident that Kent will bring with him the mindset that will immediately energize the people and team he has to manage."