Baker Named Wide Receivers Coach at Marshall
National title, Super Bowl winner headed to Huntington
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall coach Doc Holliday has named Dallas Baker, a man who has a BCS championship and a Super Bowl ring, to the position of wide receivers coach, the school announced Monday morning.
Baker comes to Huntington after holding the same position at Warner University, in addition to his title of passing game coordinator.
“Becoming an FBS wide receivers coach is a goal I’ve always prayed for and worked non-stop to reach,” said Baker. “I am grateful to Coach Holliday and extremely blessed for this opportunity.”
Baker played for the Florida Gators from 2003-06 and was a two-time captain. As a senior, Baker delivered career-highs for receptions (60), receiving yards (920), and receiving touchdowns (10), and was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection. He helped lead the Gators to its first SEC title in six years and their second national championship, a game in which he caught a touchdown pass in a 41-14 rout of Ohio State in the 2007 BCS Championship game.
He graduated from the University of Florida in December 2006 with a bachelor's degree in health and human performance.
“I’m very excited and proud of Dallas to have this incredible opportunity to join Coach Holliday at Marshall University,” said Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who coached Baker at Florida. “Dallas is one of the most competitive athletes I’ve coached and has taken his competitive spirit to the coaching profession. He will have an immediate impact on the Marshall program, however he will have a dramatic impact on the lives of the young men he will coach.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers chose Baker in the 2007 NFL Draft, where he played from 2007-09, winning a Super Bowl with the organization following the 2008 season.
Baker joined the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League for the 2010 season and played for the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2011.
“We’re fortunate to have a man of Dallas’ character and ability,” said Holliday. “He has also won titles at the highest level of college and professional football and we feel all of those qualities will help our program.”
Baker was born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where he was a star wide receiver for New Smyrna Beach High School. In 2001, he set the single-season Barracudas' record with 17 touchdowns, 67 catches and 1,142 yards.