Johns Hopkins produces doctors, Harvard creates millionaires, and Baker University creates football coaches. Baker may not be as prolific as its predecessors, but the NAIA school in Baldwin City, Kan., does churn out more Division I football coaches than its competitors.
All told, the Wildcats produced six coaches on Division I staffs in 2013. Before you send in an application, we must note all six coaches worked as graduate assistants at Baker first, and before that all six played at Baker. "Coach Grossner takes pride in it, he never hires a GA from outside the program," said assistant coach Miguel Regalado. "Our guys are very well-coached. They're not getting coffee and mowing lawns here, they're coaching their own positions."
Leading the list is 2006 graduate Brian Sheppard, now the offensive coordinator at Indiana State, followed by Auburn assistant director of high school relations Eric Munoz (a 2008 graduate), Missouri offensive graduate assistant Mack Brown (2008), Missouri offensive quality control Kendall Bradley (2008), Rice assistant strength coach Jake Miller (2009), and a pair of Texas Tech defensive quality control assistants, Matt Brock (2010) and Jake Morse (2013).
Overall, Baker lists 29 former players now in the coaching ranks.
Regalado couldn't say for sure, but he believed Baker's six to be by far the most coaching products in Division I.
The secret? Baker appears to be a crucible for teaching the proper way to play football. Since 2008, the Wildcats are 49-14 overall with three NAIA playoffs appearances, three Top 25 finishes, two Top 15 finishes, one conference championship and one Top 5 finish.