Caitlyn BakerBaker joins DelVal less than a month after the University announced the addition of women's wrestling as an intercollegiate sport. She will hit the ground running with recruiting and organizing the program with the intention to a field a team in the 2019-20 season.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to start the women's wrestling program at DelVal," Baker said. "DelVal is in a great location and women's wrestling has grown so much and I'm excited to see what we can do here."
Baker has been a coach for Team Pennsylvania Women's Wrestling and Contender Elite in nearby Telford, Pennsylvania since 2015. During that time, she has also flown out to Colorado Springs, Colorado to be a clinician for the Wrestle Like A Girl program.
Baker's coaching experience also includes being a National Team Coach, first for Missouri in 2009-10, later for Illinois in 2014-15 and then recently for Pennsylvania in 2017-18.
Baker shined on the wrestling mat herself with 20 years of experience. She was four-time high school All-American, a three-time junior national freestyle champion and a two-time Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) All-American. In 2013, she was a college national finalist as well as an Academic All-American. Baker has been a world team trials qualifier on multiple occasions in both high school and college and was a fifth-place finisher at the 2004 Olympic Trials.
Baker graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a bachelor of arts degree in public relations in 2014.
"We are thrilled to have someone of Caitlyn's stature in wrestling to join us in starting the Aggie women's wrestling program," DelVal director of athletics Steve Cantrell said. "Her success on and off the mats speaks for itself and her connections in the sport are at all levels throughout the country. Our new program is in great hands."