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Coach Chip Baker

Director of Baseball Operations
Florida State University
Chip Baker

The senior member of Mike Martin's staff and a Seminole `fan favorite,' Chip Baker enters his 28th season at Florida State. After 18 years as an assistant coach, Baker has served as the Director of Baseball Administration and Facilities for the last ten years. As he has done for two decades, he will fill many roles for the program.

Baker oversees all aspects of Seminole baseball in his administrative role, including the budget, team travel, game operations, equipment, field and facility maintenance and scheduling. Baker also assists the efforts of the marketing and ticket offices in development of new group and season ticket sale plans. He served as the facilities liaison during stadium construction and will continue to hold that role with any new baseball projects in the future. In addition, Baker communicates with the Bullpen Club and Seminole Boosters on a regular basis. During his tenure at Florida State, Baker has participated in 24 NCAA postseason tournaments and 12 College World Series. He coached two teams that played in the National Championship game (1986 & 1999). As an assistant, Baker coached third base and worked with FSU's catchers. He was also responsible for scouting opposing teams and directing the Seminoles defensively.

A former assistant at Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, Baker is known as one of college baseball's premier catching instructors. During his tenure, Baker coached seven All-Americans, including Ed Fulton, Barry Blackwell, major-leaguer Marc Ronan and first-team All-American Pedro Grifol. Most recently, Tony Richie was a two-time All-American, current FSU assistant coach Mike Martin, Jr., and 1998 All-American Jeremy Salazar was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Each summer, Baker is the director of the Mike Martin and Seminole Advanced Baseball Schools. These camps have not only proved to be popular, but beneficial. Over 100 former campers have gone on to wear the Garnet and Gold and several have advanced to the major leagues. Past camps have produced 27 first round draft picks including Buster Posey, John-Ford Griffin, Nick Stocks, Jonathan Johnson, J.D. Drew, Chipper Jones, Alex Rodriguez and Justin and B.J. Upton. The nationally known Super Skills Academy has quickly become one of the nation's top summer camps.

 Baker is a popular speaker and addresses Seminole Booster clubs and civic organizations around the state. He has also been on the staff of national and regional baseball clinics. Baker works closely with Tallahassee area youth organizations and has put together clinics for the Tallahassee Babe Ruth League and other youth leagues.

The 57-year-old native of North Carolina has written articles for Scholastic Coach and Collegiate Baseball magazines on the subjects of catching, third base coaching and bunting, and has published a Collegiate Level Strength & Speed book. Six years ago, Baker put together a record selling catching video with Championship Videos entitled, `Expanding the Strike Zone.'

A 1980 graduate of High Point University in North Carolina, Baker was part of four Carolina Conference championship teams. He was a member of the High Point team that finished second at the 1979 NAIA World Series.

After completing his bachelor's degree in physical education, Baker earned a Master of Science degree in motor behavior at Virginia Tech, where he began his collegiate coaching career.

Baker is married to the former Julie Larsen, a record-holding pitcher on FSU's 1985-88 softball teams who was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 1995. The two were married in 1991 in a most memorable ceremony conducted between a doubleheader at Dick Howser Stadium. The Bakers are the proud parents of a 18 year-old daughter, Katie Nicole, who is a freshman softball player at FSU. Baker's older brother, Jim, is the head basketball coach at Catawba College.

Upon FSU's return from a trip to Stanford in 2001, Baker and head coach Mike Martin were presented with the university's prestigious Westcott Award for their bravery in saving the lives of players and staff. Leaving the San Francisco airport, the two coaches gained control of the team's charter bus after the driver suffered a fatal heart attack and safely guided the bus to the side of a busy highway.

Director of Camp Operations
Jim Baker
Head Basketball Coach
Catawba College

Jim Baker has been a college basketball coach for 36 years. He recently ended a 20 year tenure  as the head coach of the men's basketball program at Catawba College. During his tenure, Baker has guided the Indians to the NCAA II Tournament nine times. His teams won 6 Regular Season SAC Championships and 6 SAC Tournaments. In fact, his teams reached 8 tournament finals, won 6 championships, and his SAC tournament record is 24-13. He has won 344 games in 20 season and his teams have won 60% of their games and have an impressive home record of 181-51 (78%). Catawba has a 99-58 record in games decided by five points or less under coach Baker. Under Baker, Catawba has produced three conference Players of the Year and two All-Americans. The Indians graduated 60 of 64seniors under Baker.

In 2010, Catawba won its sixth SAC Championship under Baker and advanced to the SAC Tournament title game for the third straight year.  2009-10 marks the fourth straight trip to the NCAA II Tournaemtn for the Tribe which won league titles in 2007 and 2010, while winning back-to-back SAC Tourament titles in 2008 and 2009.  Catawba won a league or tournament championship in six of seven seasons. 

In 2006-07, Baker was voted SAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time as Catawba won the league title and earned a spot in the NCAA Regional Tournament.  In 2004-05, Baker earned SAC Coach of the Year honors as the Indians claimed the conference title and advanced to the NCAA II Tournament. In 2004, Catawba became the lowest seed (#7) to win the league tournament, earning a regional tournament berth. After a 25-5 season and a third South Atlantic Conference title in 2001, Baker was named league Coach of the Year.

Baker was named SAC and NCAA II Region Coach of the Year in 1998, after Catawba posted a 25-6 record. He also earned SAC Coach of the Year honors in 1996, after he guided the Indians to their first conference title since 1983. His 16 victories in his first season was the most ever for a first-year basketball coach at Catawba. He won 344 games over his first 20 seasons and ranks second all-time in coaching victories at Catawba.

Baker came to Catawba from Virginia Military Institute, where he had been an assistant coach for two seasons. He also had NCAA Division I experience as an assistant at Virginia Tech (1989-91) and Davidson (1981-89). Baker came to Catawba in June 1993, as an assistant coach during Sam Moir’s final campaign as head coach. Moir retired in May 1994, ending a great 34-year career at Catawba.

Baker, a dean’s list student at Catawba before graduating in 1978, played for Moir from 1975-78. He transferred from UNC-Charlotte and was a part of two 20-win seasons at Catawba. He was a member of the 1976-77 Carolinas Conference Championship team and three of his former teammates, Benny Callahan, Eric Harris and Herman Miles are in the Catawba Sports Hall of Fame.

Baker began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Moir in 1978-79 and at Wingate the next year, while earning a master’s degree in human development and learning at UNC-Charlotte. He was also an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey (1980-81).

Baker worked under Bobby Hussey at Davidson, Frankie Allen at Virginia Tech and Joe Cantafio at VMI. At Davidson, Baker was part of a program which graduated 25 of 26 student athletes. In addition, the Wildcats put together back-to-back 20-win seasons (1986-87) and appeared in the 1986 NCAA Southeast Regional.

While Baker was at Virginia Tech, the Hokies became only the third team in Metro Conference history to sweep both Memphis State and Louisville in the same year. At VMI, Baker was responsible for recruiting, scouting, practice and bench coaching, public speaking, summer camps and scheduling. All of VMI’s seniors graduated during Baker’s stay there and he was part of an outstanding recruiting class in 1992-93, which saw three freshmen make the starting lineup.

In addition to editing and publishing a monthly basketball newsletter (“Time Out”), Baker has published four booklets: “Power Post Play,” “Striving for Excellence,” and “The Best of Time Out, Books One and Two.” Baker has also released a one of a kind basketball CD-Rom “The Best of Time Out”.  In December 2014, he published "Why Winners Win and Losers Lose". A motivation, leadership, and self-help book.

Baker’s ties to the international players in his program come from doing camps and clinics abroad. He has conducted both camps and clinics in Belgium, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Barbados and Costa Rica over the past 18 years. He has also served as the U.S. advisor to the Belgium Women’s Olympic basketball team.

Baker comes from a strong sports family. Both his mother and father were outstanding athletes and his dad, Walt, coached him at North Rowan High School where he graduated in 1974. The field house at North Rowan is named in his dad’s honor. His brother, Chip, is a longtime assistant baseball coach at Florida State.

Baker and his wife, the former Tina Waters, reside in Concord. They have four children, Jamie (17), Madison (14), Hannah (12) and Jacob (8).