Stephen Baker begins his third year as assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator at Tennessee Wesleyan College. Coach Baker oversees the Bulldog pitching staff and handles the recruiting efforts for the Bulldogs.
Baker joined the Tennessee Wesleyan staff in December of 2009. Since he arrived in Athens the Bulldogs have reached new heights by appearing in the Avista NAIA College World Series in his first two seasons. Baker maintains a high level of recruiting throughout the country. In his two years as recruiting coordinator for the Bulldogs he has seen four players receive First Team All AAC honors, with one of those players being named the 2010 AAC Player of the Year. Two players have received NAIA All American honors and four players have gone on to play professionally.
Baker attended Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, Florida where he lettered for four years. From there he played at Florida Community College of Jacksonville, under Chris Blaquire. During his time at FCCJ he had a career record of 16-5. After his two year career he was offered a scholarship to play at Jacksonville University. After sustaining an injury at Jacksonville University Baker redshirted and then decided to transfer to Bluefield College the following season. While at Bluefield College he played for current Tennessee Wesleyan head baseball coach Billy Berry.
In the summer of 2006 Baker accepted a job as the assistant baseball coach at Bluefield College. While at Bluefield he was in charge of the pitching staff and the recruiting efforts for the Rams. In the three years as an assistant at Bluefield College, Baker helped lead the Rams to three NCCAA World Series appearances. In 2009 the Rams captured the NCCAA World Series title, ending the season with one of his pitchers moving on to play professionally.
In his development as a coach Baker has participated in many NCAA sanctioned summer leagues and has started the East Tennessee Bulldogs Baseball Club. The team had its first season in the summer of 2010.
Baker is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and holds a B.S. degree in exercise and sports science from Bluefield College. He resides in Athens, Tennessee.