Henry Baker, a standout player at the University of Maryland and a former assistant coach at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University, was named cornerbacks coach at the University of Delaware in July, 2011.
He will begin his sixth season on the UD staff this fall, including his fourth with head coach Dave Brock. He also served as special teams coordinator at Delaware during the 2012 season.
In 2015, Delaware ranked No. 3 in the Colonial Athletic Association (22nd in NCAA) in scoring defense (20.5) and was fifth in total defense (329.2/24th in NCAA). All four starters in the secondary return in 2016, including All-CAA cornerback Justin Watson. During the 2014 season, Delaware ranked No. 4 in the CAA in passing defense, allowing just 197.2 yards per game.
Baker arrived at Delaware after serving as defensive backs coach at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) in 2010 under Denny Douds, who had recently completed his 40th season as head coach at ESU in 2013. The Warriors allowed just 194.0 yards passing per game while registering a 130.5 defensive passing rating during the 2010 campaign.
Prior to his one-year stint at ESU, Baker served two seasons under head coach Ralph Friedgen at Maryland, which included the 2009 Rowdy Humanitarian Bowl championship team which finished with an 8-5 record. He was the interim inside linebackers coach for the Terrapins' bowl game and worked with the secondary, linebackers and special teams during his time in College Park.
A four-year letterwinner and two-year starter at defensive back at Maryland from 1994-97, Baker earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2003 and is pursuing a master’s degree in minority and urban education.
Baker previously served as Maryland's recruiting intern in 2001 and has high school coaching experience at Eastside High School in Paterson, N.J. (2003, 2005-06) and South Miami (Fla.) High School in 2007 before returning to his alma mater. His time at Eastside included an appearance in the New Jersey Group IV Section 1 state championship game.
He also spent extensive time in professional football, landing in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2003, and competed in the Arena Football League with the New Jersey Red Dogs and Carolina Cobras and AFL2 with the Norfolk Nighthawks and Albany Firebirds.
Baker served in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship with the Detroit Lions during the 2015 preseason camp and will serve again in 2016, this time with the Indianapolis Colts. The annual fellowship was launched in 1987 and is aimed to create more job opportunities for minority coaches.
Baker and his wife, Theresa, have a son, Khari, and daughters Kaila and Khloe.
Born: August 11, 1976
College: Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, University of Maryland, 2003
College Coaching Career:
2011-Present: Cornerbacks, University of Delaware (Special Teams Coordinator in 2012)
2008-09:Inside Linebackers, Defensive Backs, Linebackers, Special Teams, University of Maryland
Family: Wife, Theresa; Children, Khari, Kaila, Khloe