Keith Baker
Previous College: University of Alabama
Position: Assistant Coach - Throws, Vertical Jumps, Multis
Honors: Third Season
This is Keith Baker's third season at UC Santa Barbara. Baker is the coach for the men's and women's throwers, high jumpers and pole vaulters. As an experienced decathlete still in training, he will also be looking to develop the UCSB multi-events program. In his first season at UCSB, Baker coached high jumpers Jane Doolittle and Christina Nowak to substantial personal bests and their first appearances at the NCAA Regionals. As a collegiate athlete from 2003 - 2006, Baker's work ethic helped him become the Alabama school record-holder in the indoor heptathlon, with a personal best of 5332. A national qualifier, Baker sits third on the Alabama outoor list in the decathlon with a best of 7315. He was a two-time medalist in the SEC. Upon graduation, Baker stayed with the team as a graduate assistant coach during the 2006-07 season. Before competing as a member of the Crimson Tide, Baker was a junior college All-American and team captain at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore. In addition to track, Baker also played basketball for the Titans. Baker graduated from Alabama in 2006 with a B.S. in human environmental studies and a minor in business management.