Today VCU Athletics announced that Head Coach Laura Baker resigned from her role with their field hockey program effective immediately. Baker served 4 years at the helm of the program, which has struggled in the win column, but has performed well on the academic side of the student-athlete equation.
Baker once herself wore black and gold. Over her tenure the Rams tallied a 28-46 (.378) record, including 10-21 (.323) in the Atlantic 10. The team finished the 2016-17 season at 7-11 overall.
VCU has made significant investments in the field hockey program including upgrades to Cary Street Field. An immediate search for Baker’s replacement was also announced. Vice President/Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin thanked Coach Baker for her service to Virginia Commonwealth University and the student athletes and wished her the best in her future endeavors in the press release.
As for the search McLaughlin stated “We will hire a new coach who raises the standard for our program while living our department core values, most importantly Student-Athlete Focus and Drive to Excel.” He added “We have increased our investment in the program significantly over the last four years. I’m confident that we will find someone who can coach us to compete for championships while continuing our high level of academic achievement.”
We wish the best for Coach Baker as well as the VCU Field Hockey program and their next coach.