COLLEGE PARK, Md. — University of Maryland head football coach Michael Locksley announced June 5 that Henry Baker has joined the Terrapins coaching staff. Baker will serve as Maryland’s cornerbacks coach.
Baker was a four-year letter winner and two-year starter at defensive back from 1994-97 at Maryland, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2003.
Baker returns to Maryland after serving as assistant defensive backs coach for the New York Giants in 2019 after a brief second stint at Rutgers as the cornerbacks coach and passing game coordinator. Baker spent the 2018 season at the University of North Carolina as cornerbacks coach and also held the same position during his first stint with the Scarlet Knights in 2017.
“Henry is a former Terp so I know he feels the same way I do about returning his alma mater to a high level,” said Locksley. “He’s the son of a well-respected high school coach from South Jersey and his ties and connections in that area should be invaluable for us. Henry was a well-respected leader as a player and he will add value to our staff as a proven teacher, mentor, and recruiter. The Terps improved with this hire.”
Prior to joining Rutgers’ staff, Baker spent six seasons (2011-16) as the cornerback coach at the University of Delaware, where he was also the special teams coordinator in 2012. In 2016, the Blue Hens’ defense ranked No. 19 nationally in fewest passing yards allowed per game (181.5), No. 21 in interceptions (15) and first overall as a team in fewest penalties per game (3.64).
The previous season, Delaware ranked third in the Colonial Athletic Association and 22nd in the country in scoring defense (20.5 points-per-game) and was fifth in the conference in total defense (329.2 yards-per-game). During the 2014 season, Delaware ranked fourth in the CAA in passing defense, allowing just 197.2 yards a game.
Baker arrived at Delaware after serving as defensive backs coach at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) in 2010. The Warriors allowed only 194.0 passing yards a game.
Prior to his one-year stint at ESU, Baker served two seasons (2008-09) at Maryland, which included the 2009 Rowdy Humanitarian Bowl championship team that 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.
Baker previously served as Maryland’s recruiting intern in 2001. He began his coaching career in 2003 at the school where he played high school football, Eastside High in Paterson, N.J. Baker’s time at Eastside included an appearance in the New Jersey Group IV Section 1 state championship game. He coached at South Miami (Fla.) High School in 2007 before becoming a collegiate coach.
Baker also has pro football experience. He was with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2003, and competed in the Arena Football League with the New Jersey Red Dogs and Carolina Cobras, and the AFL2 with the Norfolk Nighthawks and Albany Firebirds.
Baker served in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship in the training camps of the Detroit Lions in 2015 and the Giants in 2016.
— Maryland Athletics press release
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