From Manhattan College: Robert T. Baker, former Manhattan College football coach from 1973-1982 and a resident of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., was inducted into the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame at its 33rd annual ceremony on Nov. 12. Along with Baker, seven other inductees and the 1986 women’s cross country team were also honored at the event, which is sponsored by the Manhattan College Alumni Society.
Baker is the longest tenured football coach at Manhattan College, remembered most for saving and rebuilding the program despite financial hurdles. He started as assistant coach in 1973 and took over the program the following year generously waiving his coaching salary for several years and personally purchasing some of the equipment for his players. During the 1982 season, the Jaspers won the National Collegiate Football Association (NCFA) Atlantic Conference Championship and made their sole appearance in the National Club Championship game against Bentley University. Baker was named NCFA Coach of the Year in both 1980 and 1982.
He went on to coach at Pace University and served as assistant, defensive and head coach for a total of nine years, and also worked as an assistant at Fordham University. Throughout his coaching career, Baker was a teacher in South Bronx, where he served in District 7 for 33 years.