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Assistant Coach - Tom Brennan
Tom Brennan has been assistant cross-country coach since 2006. He is a 2000 graduate of HMHS, where he collected 12 varsity letters as a track and cross-country standout. He was selected to multiple Colonial Conference All-Star teams, and as a senior, he was named to the South Jersey All-Star cross-country team. He graduated in 2005 from LaSalle University, where he was a four-year varsity runner in both track and cross-country. Imbued with Haddonfield's tradition of running success, he says he seeks to pass that on to the current teams: "Our ultimate success comes from the unity that is built during cross-country camp, trips to Wissahickon, team dinners and countless hours spent together having fun. On race day, the guys are ready to put their hard work to the test."
Head Coach - Nick Baker
Nick Baker has been head cross-country coach at Haddonfield since 1982 and has compiled a prodigious record of success: 29 South Jersey championships, 15 state championships, and in 2001, the biggest prize of all - first place at the state Meet of Champions. In 2000, he was named New Jersey Cross-Country Coach of the Year and the Northeast USA Regional Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the New Jersey Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002, and with wife Maureen, was inducted in 2009 into the Haddonfield Memorial High School Hall of Fame. In spring 2009, he was again named Coach of the Year by the South Jersey Track Coaches Association.
This is Coach Baker's 105th straight season of coaching, including cross-country, track and field, and indoor track. In his 37 years as a coach, teacher and administrator at Haddonfield, he has developed a philosophy focused on personal effort and team accomplishment: "We try to do things the right way. It's about the process of learning to enjoy running and being the best you can be. The overall philosophy is that each runner improves over the season. Our teams have a tradition of working hard and having fun. The pride is in the work the guys put in." His 2001 team exemplified that philosophy, winning the Meet of Champions with three runners finishing under 16 minutes, a feat that has never been matched on the challenging Holmdel course. That team finished the season ranked first in the Northeast and fifth in the nation.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Coach Baker moved with his family to New York at age five. He graduated from Mt. Vernon (N.Y.) High School, where he was a member of the state champion cross-country team and the Eastern States champion track team. He graduated from Springfield College (Mass.), where he met his wife Maureen. Mrs. Baker was Haddonfield girls track coach for many years; she now coaches the middle school runners, developing athletes who go on to great success in high school. Last year both Bakers retired from education and are devoting their time to coaching. Mr. Baker, in addition to cross country, is one of the coaches of winter and spring track. The Bakers have two children, Courtney and Colin. Courtney has followed in her parents' footsteps and is a teacher in South Jersey. Colin is a sophomore at Penn State where he is running track.