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Kent
Baker

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Bio

Kent Baker – Former sprinter at the University of Michigan, Coach Baker began his coaching career at Detroit East Catholic high where he was a part of 5 state championship track teams and 2 state runner- ups teams during his first 8 year coaching stint. Baker also served briefly as the Head Football at EC and led that program to its best finish in 14 years. From high school Coach Baker spent 2 years as men’s and women’s assistant coach in charge of sprinting events at Central Michigan University. Coach Baker then accepted the Head Men’s Track and Cross Country Coaching position at the University of Toledo where he spent 14 highly successful years. After the UT men’s track was eliminated due athletic department cutbacks in 2003, Coach Baker relocated to Florida where he began to guide his daughter’s career in junior tennis and also transitioned into his career in sports performance. Baker also began teaching and coaching at Pinecrest School and American Heritage Prep School where he assumed a variety of roles in athletics and elementary physical education. While at AH Coach Baker watched his daughter win the Florida High School State # 1 singles and 1# doubles championship while leading her team to 3 straight state team titles. During that same time Coach Baker led American Heritage to their first state championships in girls high school track and also oversaw his girl’s middle school track team also capture a state title. In 2012, Coach Baker was hired by Northwood University to start their collegiate varsity men’s and women’s track program in West Palm Florida. After 3 successful years at Northwood Coach Baker accepted the Head Track and Cross Country coaching position at NCAA division 3 Alfred State College where remained for 1 (one) season before returning home to Detroit Michigan to continue his work in physical education and the creation of Spectrum8 Sports and Physical Education Assessment.

Professional Experience

Detroit East Catholic High

  • Kent Baker is a former sprinter and graduate of the University of Michigan He began his coaching career at Detroit East Catholic High.  At Detroit East Catholic High, Kent Baker’s coaching success included five ( 5) State Championship track teams and two (2) state runner- ups teams during his first eight (8) year coaching career.

 

Central Michigan University

  • From Detroit East Catholic High, Coach Baker spent two (2) years teaching physical education and coaching at Central Michigan University.

University of Toledo

  • He  then accepted the Head Men’s Track and Cross Country Coaching position at the University of Toledo (UT) where he spent fourteen (14) highly successful years.

Pinecrest School/American Heritage Prep School

  • After the UT men’s track was eliminated due athletic department budgetary cutbacks in 2003, Coach Baker relocated to Florida where he began to guide his daughter’s career in junior tennis and also transitioned into his career in sports performance.  Baker also began teaching and coaching at Pinecrest School and American Heritage Prep School where he assumed a variety of roles in athletics and elementary physical education.

While at American Heritage Prep School,  Coach Baker coached his daughter and watched her win the Florida High School State # 1 singles and 1# doubles championship titles while leading her team to three (3) straight state team titles. Also during that same time as Head Track Coach, Kent Baker led American Heritage to their first district, regional and  state championships in girls high school track and also oversaw his girl’s middle school track team also capture a state title.

 

Northwood University

  • After Coach Baker’s second straight state championship title in women’s track, Coach Baker was hired by Northwood University to start-up their collegiate varsity men’s and women’s track program in West Palm Florida. After three (3) successful years at Northwood Coach, Baker returned to teaching physical education at several institutions before landing at Great Lakes Academy in Pontiac Michigan.

Great Lakes Academy

  • Upon returning to his home state of Michigan, Baker began working closely with long time  friend, Paul Hurley and together began reaching out to trusted friends, colleagues, and former athletes to begin to develop the revolutionary color-coded concept in physical education and athletic  assessment  that is now called Spectrum 8 Sports.

Why I am Committed to Spectrum 8

“ I have been blessed to have spent my life in athletics and education. Spectrum8 is the culmination of what I have learned  in the area of motivation. Regardless of any age or ability level all  students and athletes at all levels from kindergarten to the collegiate ranks to world class athletes ..everyone must find inspiration! I feel that Spectrum8, more than anything, has the potential to motivate its users. We are not a training program but an educational, instructional, and motivational tool that allows its participants to understand where they stand functionally and more importantly provide them the information to set their goals to become better, one color at a time for the rest of their lives.

When I arrived at the University of Toledo as the Head Track Coach, High School All-
American, Calvin Bostic was the first person I called and he became my first and most important recruit. We have a special bond and Spectrum 8 has given us a great opportunity to again work together towards a common goal

As Leonard’s college track coach, it was one of the highlights of my career to be a part of
Leonard's life journey. His improvement and growth as an athlete, student and person has been remarkable. Spectrum8 is very fortunate to have Leonard head up our company, his experience in business analytics has given us the essential leadership we need to compete in today's market.”

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