Holy Trinity Hires Scott Baker As Cross Country Coach
By Space Coast Daily // January 30, 2015
28 years of coaching experience
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Scott Baker has accepted the position of Head Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track and Field Coach at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.
Baker has over 28 years of experience coaching a wide variety of sports.
He has coached cross country or track and field at Oviedo High School, Kennedy Middle School, and most recently, West Shore High School’s 2014 season.
In his year at West Shore, the team improved from last in the district to second place, and were the most improved team in the state in Class 2A.
Baker is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.
A Brevard County native, he is a graduate of Titusville High School where he ran cross country and track for Dr. Randy Wilber, Senior Exercise Physiologist for the Olympic team.
“It is every coach’s dream to work with a group of athletes who exhibit a high level of commitment and good habits. There are many components to being a successful runner, and I look forward to teaching these athletes how to improve themselves,” said Baker.
Zola Budd, a friend of Bakers’, who is a two-time world record holder in women’s 5000 meters, Olympic athlete, and two-time winner at the World Cross Country Championships, recommended him to Holy Trinity.
“He always puts the athlete first and believes you have to have a love of running and not of ‘winning’ to be a great athlete,” Budd said.
Brandy Bean, Manger of Marketing and Communications for Holy Trinity, said they are dedicated to excellence for all of the school’s student athletes.
During the last two years, the FHSAA has ranked Holy Trinity’s overall athletic department in the top 10 throughout Florida when compared to similar size schools, and recently awarded it “Athletic Program of the Year.”
Holy Trinity’s student athletes rank third in the Overall Academic Team Champions for Class 3A throughout the state. The cross country team is the current state champions.
“Coach Baker brings a great deal of knowledge and energy to the Cross Country program,” says Scott Crockett, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy’s Athletic Director.
“After meeting with him on multiple occasions, it became obvious that he is a great fit for Holy Trinity. He has tremendous resources and his approach to coaching the runners make him a great asset. I am excited he accepted the challenge.”
Founded in 1957, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy was built on a tradition of strong academic and spiritual programs that focus on developing the whole child. Holy Trinity is fully accredited and a recognized leader in Brevard education for students from Pre-K through Grade 12.
More information log on to www.htacademy.org