Baker tabbed as Hamilton's seventh head volleyball coach

Hamilton College head volleyball coach Kristin Baker (photo courtesy of Colgate Athletic Communications).
Hamilton College head volleyball coach Kristin Baker (photo courtesy of Colgate Athletic Communications).

Kristin Baker has been selected as Hamilton College's head volleyball coach. Baker was an assistant volleyball coach at Division I Colgate University for the past eight years.

Baker helped lead the Raiders to a Patriot League record of 86-34 and an overall mark of 129-104 from 2009 to 2016. The team enjoyed seven winning seasons, made seven league championship appearances and played in four championship final matches in her eight years at Colgate. Last fall the Raiders went 18-11, including 13-3 in the league, and advanced to the championship final.

In 2012 the Raiders captured league regular season and tournament titles and earned the Patriot League's automatic bid to the NCAA championship. The following year, Baker helped guide Colgate to an overall record of 22-9 and a league record of 13-3, and the Raiders advanced to the league final for the second year in a row.

"We are excited to welcome Kristin Baker to Hamilton College and to our intercollegiate program," Director of Athletics Jon Hind '80 said. "She brings with her a wealth of coaching experience from her time at Colgate, an academic institution very similar to ours. We were impressed with both her passion for volleyball and her commitment to her student athletes."

Baker was an assistant at the University of Dayton in 2008 and at SUNY New Paltz in 2007. Dayton posted a 21-13 overall record, went 11-2 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, played in the conference championship final and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division I championship. New Paltz was 27-12 overall and 8-2 in the SUNYAC and reached the semifinals of the conference championship.

"I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to lead Hamilton volleyball," Baker said. "This is a program that can have great success and I look forward to working with student-athletes who are passionate about excelling both academically and athletically. I am confident that my experience working with wonderful mentors at Colgate has prepared me to work with the type of young women who are attracted to a prestigious college and its competitive athletic atmosphere."

Baker was part of the North Country Albany Juniors Volleyball Club from 2004 to 2008. She served as head coach for the 12U and 16U teams and was an assistant for the 14U and 18U squads. Baker was part of the USA Volleyball HP Program in July 2010 when she was head coach of the Iroquois-Empire Volleyball Association Region High Performance Team.

The Corning, N.Y., native played at the University at Albany from 2003 to 2006 and was a team captain and starting libero her senior year. She helped lead Albany to 98 wins overall and a 43-9 record in America East Conference regular season play. The team collected conference tournament titles and played in the NCAA Division I championship in 2004 and 2006. Albany picked up three America East regular season championships from 2004 to 2006. In 2004 she was part of a team that went 27-7 and played in the NCAA tournament in just their sixth year in Division I.

Baker earned her bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in sociology. She resides in Hamilton with her husband Ryan and their sons Brody and Landon. Ryan Baker is Colgate's head volleyball coach.