Mims Appoints Baker as Assistant Coach
OMAHA, Neb. – Omaha men’s soccer head coach Jason Mims named Nate Baker as his assistant coach on Monday.
“We are excited to welcome Nate and his family to Omaha,” said Mims. “With coming from the Naval Academy, Coach Baker is someone who has recruited hard working, motivated, disciplined, and driven student-athletes which will fit right into our already established culture here in Omaha.”
Baker comes to Omaha after five seasons at the United States Naval Academy, where he served as the associate head coach in 2016 and was the top assistant coach since 2013.
“I'm extremely excited to get started,” said Baker. “Omaha men's soccer is a unique program, and Coach Mims is a fantastic coach. It was important for me to find a program and athletic department that has an incredible culture, develops people and has ambition, so even before I was offered the position, I knew UNO was a place I wanted to work.”
Last season, Navy was 5-9-4 overall record with a 4-1-3 mark at home. Two Midshipmen players earned All-Patriot League accolades.
Navy was 8-9-1 overall in 2015 and 4-5-0 in the Patriot League, tying for fifth place. The Midshipmen spent two weeks receiving votes in the NSCAA Top 25 Poll and took impressive wins over West Virginia, Ohio State and UMBC.
Baker helped the team to an 11-4-5 overall record in 2014 and a 6-1-2 conference mark, which earned Navy the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League Tournament. The Midshipmen 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.
In his first year as the top assistant in 2013, Baker helped the Midshipmen 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, closing the season ranked No. 25 in the NSCAA national poll.
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, 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.
Before coaching Navy, Baker spent time with 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. 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.
As a player, Baker played professionally for the Harrisburg City Islanders and Real Maryland Monarchs of the United Soccer League (USL). As a starter on both squads, Baker helped his teams defeat DC United (2007) and the New England Revolution (2009) to gain quarterfinal berths in the US Open Cup.
“It's an exciting time in the program's history,” said Baker. “I just want to do my part in helping the program continue on its upward trajectory. My family and I are just so excited for this new adventure and to immerse ourselves in the UNO community and the city of Omaha.”
Baker was a four-year starter at American 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.