2017 Baker Men’s Soccer Summer ID Camp is designed for U15-U19 players on July 1 at Liston Stadium Baldwin Kansas City by direction Baker University.
Under the direction of Baker University head men’s soccer coach Nate Houser and his coaching staff, the BU men’s soccer program will host a full day clinic on the Baldwin City campus for interested soccer athletes to perform in front of one of the premier soccer programs in the Midwest. The clinic format allows for players to be coached and evaluated by multiple coaches in a one-day session.
Founded in 1858 as the first university in Kansas, Baker is an institution with a storied past. While standing in the center of our beautiful campus in Baldwin City. Abraham Lincoln personally donated to the construction of Parmenter Hall.
Baker is a private university that educates traditional and nontraditional students through small classes, innovative instructors, and rigorous course work. Fortune 500 CEOs, New York Times best-selling authors, and Super Bowl champions all proudly claim Baker, the first university in Kansas, as their alma mater.
The university is home to four schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, the School of Education, and the School of Professional and Graduate Studies. Baker offers undergraduate through doctoral programs.
Baker Athletics Hall of Fame member Nate Houser has served as the Head Soccer Coach of both the men’s and women’s soccer teams since 2008 and was named the Director of Soccer in that same year. He now serves as head coach of solely the men’s soccer program.
The Wildcats have been ranked in the Top 10 seven of Houser’s eight years as head men’s coach, including rankings in the Top 5 in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015 and were ranked as high as No. 2 in 2012. Under Houser’s leadership, Baker has qualified for the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Tournament each of the last four seasons, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Houser won the Heart Coach of the Year Award and NSCAA Plains Region Coach of the Year in 2011. With these honors, he became the first coach in the conference and region to win both the women’s and men’s award in the same season. In 2013, after guiding his men’s team to a tie for the Heart Regular Season conference championship, Houser was named Heart Men’s Co-Coach of the Year.
After graduating from Baker in 1994, Houser enjoyed a 12-year professional soccer career. He spent 11 seasons with the Kansas City Comets and one with the St. Louis Steamers and the Baltimore Blast. Houser was an All-Star selection during the 1999 and 2000 seasons and an All-Pro selection in 2000. Houser also played outdoor soccer in the USL A-League for the Hampton Roads Mariners (1996), Rochester Rhinos (1997) and the Milwaukee Rampage (2000). Every team Houser appeared with went on to play in the post-season. In 1997 the Kansas City Comets won the NPSL championship. From 2000 to 2003 Houser was part of the U.S. National Team Futsal Player Pool.
In 2007, Houser was inducted into the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame as the first men’s soccer player.