Battle Ground Public Schools has hired Kevin Baker to be the next head football coach of the Prairie High School Falcons football team. Baker, a social studies teacher at Prairie, brings 33 years of teaching and football coaching experience to the position.
"Kevin brings a great depth of football knowledge and coaching experience to Prairie," said Andy Schoonover, Prairie High School's athletic director and an assistant principal. "He is committed to building a successful program through relationships and fostering sportsmanship and positive character development among athletes and staff. Kevin leads by example, and we are very excited to welcome him as our head football coach."
Baker has been a head coach for 10 years, including a stint as the leader of Battle Ground High School's football team for nine seasons from 1995 to 2003, and at Annawan High School in Annawan, Ill. for three seasons in the 1980s.
Most recently, Baker has been a member of the Prairie football coaching staff since 2007 as both a position coach and the defensive coordinator. Additionally, he has coached football at Hockinson and Washougal high schools and Centennial High School in Champaign, Ill., for a total of 16 years a varsity defensive coordinator.
"I'm thankful for the support I received from Coach Hyde, the kids, parents, and the whole Prairie community," Baker said. "I'm excited about the opportunity I have before me and I'm ready for the challenge. It's a great day to be a Falcon."
Baker also has coached girls' basketball, wrestling and track. He has bachelor's degrees in history and history education and a master's degree in kinesiology. He also has completed the administrative credential program at Washington State University, Vancouver.
Prairie is in the 3A division of the Greater St. Helens League. Baker replaces Terry Hyde, who took the head coaching position at Evergreen High School