Nate Baker: Founder/Lead Writer

I’m a native of Bowie, MD, a former pro soccer player, a graduate of American University, and the First Assistant for Men’s Soccer at the United States Naval Academy.

Soccer has given me directly or indirectly everything I have in life.  I believe the game has granted me numerous opportunities to meet special people, travel/live in new places, experience different cultures, further my education and become an overall well-rounded person.

I started Soccer Means More in 2011 with the intention of training, mentoring and building top players in the Maryland area with programs that were progressive, teaching-oriented and more affordable financially.  It was never about the money or larger plans of building a “Super Club”.  It was about building a training program and a local soccer community that aimed to do things the way they ought to be done, while allowing interested children, with different backgrounds in the game, the opportunity to learn and enjoy the beautiful game.

From 2011-2012, we were fortunate to train hundreds of motivated players and build the type of learning atmosphere that helped kids improve in the game.  We created an environment that rewarded hard work and supplemented their hard work with positive reinforcement.  The goal was to teach the game in a demanding atmosphere that rewarded hard work.  In the end, we found that every child who took part in our programs couldn’t wait for the next session.

We were fortunate for two-plus years to run 6-week seasonal programs, run clinics for local boys and girls clubs and hold three free SocMM Community Workshops that allowed kids of all ages and background in the game to learn and train with the pros, take in a great guest-speaker speech and maybe make a new friend.   The last SocMM Workshop during the Fall of 2012 had over 160 participants and included several vendors that provided opportunities for interested kids to continue playing soccer within their communities.  It was maybe my proudest moment in the game and it was a day I will treasure forever.

In 2013, I was hired to be the Navy Men’s Soccer’s first assistant.  It was dream job for me to coach at the college division 1 level, while learning from one of America’s best soccer minds Dave Brandt on an every day basis.  This was an opportunity I could not pass up, but it meant I had a fraction of the time required to continue running SocMM the way it ought to be run, so we stopped running sessions shortly after my appointment.  That being said, that although we have changed in regards to the programs we offer, the tenets that were present at the beginning of the company still drive what will hopefully be the legacy of this organization moving forward.

Moving forward, will be a place to find resources, thoughts and be a sounding board for anyone interested in the game.  I will post articles that will range from training videos to general thoughts on the game at every level (Professional, college, youth, grassroots).  On occasion, we will try and have guest bloggers to tell their stories and share their insights, but for me, this will be a great opportunity to reconnect with a community that I truly care about.

In 2013, my first season as first assistant at Navy, Navy enjoyed its greatest ever season since the 1964 National Championship.  The team went 16-4-2 and made its first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 25 years.  We were also able to win our first NCAA tournament game against Virginia Commonwealth University (3-0), which was the first NCAA tournament win for the program in 42 years.   We owned the countries longest win-streak (15 games) and won our first Patriot League Championship by going a perfect 11-0.

I currently live in Annapolis with my wife Brittany, our daughter Anna and my dog Forrest.  My professional goals for the future are to be the head coach of a top Division 1 University, start a SocMM academy for underprivileged youths in Prince George’s county, to coach in MLS, Europe and to one day be the head coach of the US National team. I currently have my USSF “A” coaching license. You can contact me personally by clicking here. Also be sure to follow  my personal twitter account (@CoachNateNavy).

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