- Inside Athletics
Jamie Baker enters her second season at the helm of the women's volleyball program in 2013 after being named the head coach on May 2, 2012. In her first season as a collegiate head coach, Coach Baker led the volleyball program to a record start and helped lead the team into their first season in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. She finished with a 10-23 record in 2012.
Baker, a former collegiate volleyball player at NCAA DII Michigan Tech and high school coach for over 12 years, will look to tie together her playing and coaching experiences to help continue the success of the Mustangs' volleyball program.
In her most recent stop prior to Marygrove, Baker enjoyed a successful four-year tenure at Henry Ford II High School (Sterling Heights, Mich.). Under her direction, the program improved each year and was recognized for academic performance as well. In her first season at Henry Ford II, Baker's team struggled to a 1-9 mark in-conference. From there, Baker helped cultivate a resurgence in the program by tallying an impressive 23-7 conference mark over the course of the past three seasons. Her other coaching gigs were highlighted with stops at Center Line and Warren Woods Tower High Schools. At the conclusion of 2011, Baker decided to step down from her position to pursue coaching at the collegiate level.
As a student-athlete at Michigan Tech, Baker was named Most Improved, Team MVP, All-GLIAC Second Team, and received the Digger Award - an award recognizing the top defensive player on the team. To date, Baker sits in fifth place for career digs at Michigan Tech. The high career mark is even more impressive due to the fact that it was done without the libero position volleyball is accustomed to today.
Putting the student before the athlete, Baker listed the top goals for the program in her first few seasons as: to continue to develop and implement the Champions of Character program into day-to-day volleyball activities and to have the highest team GPA at Marygrove.
Baker graduated with a degree in scientific and technical communications in 1998. She was also the first recipient in Michigan Tech history to obtain a Coaching Endorsement Certificate. She currently resides in Clinton Township with her husband Ken, whom she met at Michigan Tech, along with their two children, Ashlyn and Tyler.
|2||Kara Kempinski||JR||DS||5-6||Livonia, Mich.||Schoolcraft College|
|3||Alixandria Pappas||SO||MB||5-10||St. Clair Shores, Mich.||Lakeview|
|5||Ashley Murphy||FR||OH||5-11||Southfield, Mich.||Clarenceville|
|6||Nicole Kempinski||JR||S||5-6||Livonia, Mich.||Schoolcraft College|
|7||Natalie Toth Watkins||FR||DS||5-4||Grosse Ile, Mich.||Grosse Ile|
|8||Katharina Hall||SR||OH||5-8||Livonia, Mich.||Henry Ford CC|
|9||Molly Ralko||FR||DS||5-3||Dearborn, Mich.||Crestwood|
|10||Hayley Jury||FR||S||5-10||Plymouth, Mich.||Ladywood|
|12||Sarah Suppelsa||SR||OH||6-1||Livonia, Mich.||Concordia-Ann Arbor|
|13||Amelia Velez||SR||MB||6-1||Imlay City, Mich.||Prairie View A&M|
|16||Alyssa Adkins||FR||DS||5-3||Melvindale, Mich.||Melvindale|
|17||Kiara Cobbs||JR||MB||5-10||Detroit, Mich.||King|
|18||Alyssa Kowalski||JR||MB||6-0||Wyandotte, Mich.||Roosevelt|