Caleb Baker enters his third year as a graduate assistant with FGCU Athletics, working in the sports information office as the media relations contact for the men’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s golf and baseball.
At FGCU, Baker has assisted with the publicity of all 15 Division I sports, FGCU's ASun.TV broadcasts, the official website of FGCU Athletics (www.FGCUAthletics.com), all of Eagles’ home events, in addition to coordination with the A-Sun Conference office and the local and national media. The 2010-11 year saw FGCU make a strong push to enhance the social media efforts, as the athletics department launched platforms on Twitter (@FGCUEagles), Facebook (facebook.com/FGCUAthletics) and YouTube.
Following the 2010-11 academic year, the SID staff revamped www.FGCUAthletics.com, working with Streamline Technologies to premiere the site on August 12 to coincide with the athletic department’s first NCAA & conference postseason eligible season.
While working towards a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) at FGCU, Baker has had the privilege of covering a trio championship programs in the men’s soccer and baseball teams.
The fall of 2011 marked the first year of full Division I postseason eligibility for the FGCU Athletics department following the four-year NCAA reclassification period. The Eagles did not disappoint, as the men’s soccer team successfully defended its Atlantic Sun regular season title with a 7-1 conference mark and entered the A-Sun Tournament as the league’s No. 1 seed. The Eagles earned a pair of one-goal victories over fourth-seeded Mercer (2-1) and sixth-seeded tournament host ETSU (1-0) to clinch their first-ever A-Sun Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament berth. FGCU was only school to have both its men’s and women’s soccer programs win their respective conference tournaments and earn NCAA Tournament berths that season.
In the spring of 2010, FGCU baseball jumped onto the national stage by posting 25-5 A-Sun Conference record, ranking as high as No. 25 in the country and landing the program its third-straight A-Sun championship behind the arm of MLB first round pick Chris Sale (13th overall – Chicago White Sox). Earning All-American honors by five media outlets, Sale finished the season with an 11-0 record and a 2.07 ERA, leading the nation with a 146 strikeouts and allowing just 14 walks, earning 2010 Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Year honors.
During the fall of 2010, Baker covered the men’s soccer team which posted a perfect 9-0-0 conference mark on its way to the program’s first ever conference championship, becoming just the ninth team in A-Sun history to finish unbeaten in league play and ending the season ranked No. 20 in the nation by Soccer America. The Eagles were ineligible for postseason contention while waiting out the NCAA reclassification period, but earned a program-best seven athletes on the A-Sun All-Conference teams.
Prior to joining the sports information department, Baker worked as an athletic advancement intern at FGCU. Baker's responsibilities included skybox operations, booster club relations, marketing, sports information, and various game day activities.
A 2009 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., Baker received a Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Administration and a minor in Business Management. Baker will complete the MBA program at FGCU in the spring of 2012.
An active member of CoSIDA, Baker is a native of Greenville, Ohio and currently resides in Cape Coral. He can be followed on Twitter @calebaker.
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