Mike Baker was born and raised playing sports in Southern California. Coach “Bake” began his higher education at San Bernardino Valley College in Southern California before attending the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) on a baseball scholarship. While at UNR, he studied Physiology of Exercise and the biomechanics of movement. Bake was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the Major League Baseball draft playing professionally from 1986 to 1989. As a professional player, Bake had the great fortune of playing ball throughout the United States and has also traveled abroad to both play and teach the game as a USA Baseball Ambassador. Following the end of his professional career, Bake returned to school and earned a degree in Sports Medicine from Guilford College and a Post – baccalaureate certificate in Gerontology from UNCG. He currently works with older adults providing private pre and post physical therapy rehab services and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and a Lifetime Member of the Professional Baseball Players of America.
He resides in Greensboro, NC where he has lived since 1987 (when he was a member of the Greensboro Hornets) with his wife, Sandy. He and Sandy have two children and twin boy grandchildren.