PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers head football coach Chris Ash has announced the hiring of Henry Baker as cornerbacks coach. A native of Paterson, N.J., Baker spent the last six years at Delaware.
“I am excited to add Henry to our staff,” said Ash. “He's a New Jersey guy and a highly intelligent coach. Henry will be a great mentor and leader for our players.”
Baker coached cornerbacks the last six seasons (2011-16) with the Blue Hens and served as special teams coordinator in 2012. In 2016, he was part of a defensive staff that 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). Baker helped mentor cornerback Nasir Adderley to Third Team All-Colonial Athletic Association.
In 2015, Delaware ranked No. 3 in the CAA (22nd in NCAA) in scoring defense (20.5) and was fifth in total defense (329.2/24th in NCAA), as cornerback Justin Watson picked up All-CAA status. During the 2014 season, UD 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. 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 (2008-09) under head coach Ralph Friedgen 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.
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.
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 in 2016 with the New York Giants.
Baker and his wife, Theresa, have a son, Khari, and daughters Kaila and Khloe.
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