Marty Baker will begin his first season with VCU's Womens Soccer program in the 2019 fall season. Baker joins the Rams staff after a successful stint as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2018. A Knoxville native, Baker will take on goalkeeper coaching duties for head coach Lindsey Martin and her staff.
In 2018, Baker helped guide the Vols to the program’s first-ever NCAA Quarterfinal appearance, as UT finished the season 16-3-3 overall. Tennessee’s strong defensive play limited opponents to a program-best 15 goals allowed, while the Vols’ 12 shutouts matched a Tennessee record that has stood since 2003.
Baker joined UT's staff in the spring of 2017 as a graduate manager before being elevated to volunteer assistant in the fall. He helped coach the Vols to a 15-4-2 record as UT made its first NCAA Tournament since 2012.
As a player, Baker spent the past few summers with the Knoxville Force of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). The goalkeeper helped guide the club to the playoffs for first time in 2016 before winning the Southeast Division and setting a team record for wins in 2017.
A dual-graduate of the University of Tennessee, Baker earned his bachelor's degree in Sport Management in 2010, before receiving his master's degree in the same discipline in 2017. He is also a graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School where he was named an All-District goalkeeper.