Head Coach Brad Baker
Brad Baker is in his fifth season at the helm of the Gustavus baseball program in 2019. Baker returned to coach to the Gusties for the second time in 2016, having previously coached in the 1981 season where he directed his team to a 16-10 overall record, including a 10-6 league mark. In 2018, Baker, a 1980 graduate of Gustavus and native of St. Peter, guided the Gusties to a 20-18 overall record and 11-9 mark in the MIAC, which tied for sixth in the league and secured a spot in the conference playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Baker, currently CEO of Craig-Hallum Capital Group, LLC in Minneapolis, is a member of the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame for his athletic accomplishments in football and baseball during the late ’70s and early ’80s, Baker was a four-year starter for both squads. In baseball, he earned all-conference honors as a pitcher in 1978, a second baseman in 1979, and a shortstop in 1980. He started 107 of 110 games in his career, compiling a .311 batting average and a record of 16-3 on the mound with a 3.02 earned run average. The Gusties won three MIAC titles during Baker’s career and advanced to NAIA post-season play each time. After graduating cum laude with a degree in business, Baker was drafted by the Minnesota Twins and played one year at the Class A level before beginning a 30-year career in investment banking in the Twin Cities. He has remained involved in baseball serving as a youth coach in Edina.
Baker is the 25th head coach in the century-long history of Gustavus baseball. The Gusties have won 13 conference titles, while compiling an all-time program mark of 1031–1061 overall and 649–635 in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.