Catholic announced it hired former Faulkner football coach Gregg Baker as the new head coach for the Knights.
Baker was 8-23 with Faulkner from 2009-11 and served as offensive coordinator for Charles Henderson in Troy this past season, helping the Trojans to a 9-4 record. In his last season with Faulkner, Baker’s up-tempo spread offense averaged 44 points and 502 yards a game.
“I like the fact that we can control the tempo of the ballgame,” Baker said. “I like what Oregon does with their offense, in terms of getting that snap off every 16 seconds and controlling the pace of the game. We’re still very balanced. Last year at Charles Henderson, we had a quarterback that threw for over 2,000 yards and had a running back that ran for over 1,800 yards.”
Baker replaces Mike Shatzer, who finished 2-8 last year and 8-22 in three seasons with the Knights. Athletic director Travis Jarome said Baker was the top choice after a two-month coaching search with “quite a few” candidates from all over the state.
“He’s coached at every level with the exception of the NFL,” Jarome said. “He’s got a good pedigree. He coached at Trinity, went to Alabama Christian and moved to Faulkner. I think that kind of attracted us a little bit, because of his philosophy offensively. Him being from Montgomery kind of attracted us a lot too.”
Baker began coaching at Trinity and served as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and junior high head coach during his 13-year tenure. He moved on to Georgia Washington Junior High and won a city championship.
In 2002, Baker was the offensive coordinator for state runner-up Jeff Davis. Baker was the offensive line coach at Prattville in 2005 before being named as Alabama Christian’s head coach in 2006.
A graduate from G.W. Carver and AUM, Baker longed to return to Montgomery after commuting to Troy this past season.
Baker said he plans to meet with the team on Wednesday, and Catholic will hold a reception at the MCPS Library at 6:30 p.m. He officially starts on March 18, but plans to hold a weight-training and speed and agility workout with the team later this week.
Baker said he will begin the installation of his offensive philosophy after the school’s Easter break.
“I want to be at a program where I can be for a long while,” Baker said. “I’m ready to put some roots in and stay here. My entire family’s here. I know Montgomery, been here all my life, so I think that’s going to be an advantage for me as well. We’re ready to make this thing happen.”