Alicia Baker begins her first full season as head coach of the Avila University softball program. Baker took over the program midway through last season following the resignation of then-head-coach Kylie Williamson. She directed a young and inexperienced Eagles squad that finished off an 8-41-1 season.
Prior to last season, Baker served as assistant coach, working primarily with hitters and infielders. She also coaches the Renegades, a local travel ball team.
Baker was a two year letter-winner for UMKC and started all 39 games her senior season, one of only two players to do so. She had the second-highest batting average and RBIs on the team that year as well. She was named to the Mid-Continent Conference Commissioner's List of Excellence as a junior. She graduated from UMKC with a bachelors in psychology in December, 2009.
Before transferring to UMKC Alicia played two years at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. She was defensive player of the year as a sophomore and was second team all-academic team for two years.
Baker is a native of Des Moines, Iowa and now resides in Kansas City, Mo.