The senior member of coach Mike Martin's staff and a Seminole fan favorite, Chip Baker enters his 16th season as a Seminole assistant coach. This 2000 season will, again, see Baker continue to fill many roles for the program.
Baker will return to familiar ground as third base coach for the Tribe. In addition, he is responsible for scouting opposing teams and directs the Seminoles defensively. Baker also oversees the Seminoles' efficient bunting game and FSU's catchers, a position that has shown consistent play since his arrival.
A former assistant at Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, Baker is one of college baseball's premiere catching instructors. During his tenure, Baker has coached five All-Americans, including Ed Fulton, Barry Blackwell, major-leaguer Marc Ronan and first-team All-American Pedro Grifol. Most recently, 1998 All-American Jeremy Salazar was drafted in the 19th round by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Baker's duties go beyond the field. Administratively, he coordinates team travel plans and handles overall administration of the total program.
During each summer, Baker is the director of the Mike Martin and Seminole Advanced Baseball Schools. These camps have not only proved to be popular, but beneficial. Over 75 former campers have gone on to swing the bats for the Seminoles and several have advanced to the major leagues, including 18 first-round draft picks such as J.D. Drew, N.L. MVP Chipper Jones, Alex Rodriguez and Dean Palmer. Seven of FSU's nine starters at last year's College World Series attended Seminole camps as high school athletes. The nationally known Super Skills Academy has quickly become of the nation's top summer camps.
Baker is a popular speaker and has addressed Seminole Booster clubs and civic organizations around the state. He has been on the staff of national and regional baseball clinics. Baker works closely with Tallahassee area youth organizations and has put together clinics for the Tallahassee Babe Ruth League and other little leagues.
The 42-year-old native of North Carolina has written articles for Scholastic Coach and Collegiate Baseball magazines on the subjects of catching, third base coaching and bunting.
A 1980 graduate of High Point College (University) in North Carolina, Baker led the Panthers to four Carolina Conference championships. He was a member of the High Point team that finished second at the 1979 NAIA World Series.
After completing his bachelor's degree in physical education, Baker earned his master's degree in motor behavior at Virginia Tech, where he began his collegiate coaching career.
Baker is married to the former Julie Larsen, a record-holding pitcher on FSU's 1985-88 softball team who was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 1995. The two were married in 1991 in a most memorable ceremony between games of a doubleheader at Dick Howser Stadium. The Bakers are the proud parents of a four-year-old daughter, Katie Nicole, who is a regular at FSU home games and has traveled to the 1996, 1998 and 1999 College World Series.
In August of 1999, Baker underwent successful hip replacement surgery.