|Previous College:||Virginia '83|
Beth O’Connor Baker returns to the Eagles’ coaching staff for her 19th year in 2017-18. Baker’s work will again focus primarily on technique in stroke, starts and turns where she has proven her expertise with athletes of every discipline.
A 1983 graduate from the University of Virginia School of Education, Baker was a 10-time All-American in butterfly and IM events. She later went on to earn a master’s degree in exercise physiology, also from UVA. Since then, she has competed at the highest level of age-group triathlon and masters swimming.
Baker broke over 30 world and national masters swimming records. She was ranked first in the world in over 15 events, was named one of 12 USMS Masters Swimmers of the Year. She also garnered a spot in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” column. Additionally, Baker has been elected to UVA’s Swimming Hall of Fame and was named one of the top 50 swimmers all-time in the ACC.
In addition to working at the collegiate level, Baker’s specialization in this field has given her the opportunity to work with all levels of USS athletes, including work with the National Champion Curl Burke Swim Club. She also works with a number of prominent masters and triathletes, including a NCAA Champion and several age-group national record holders.
Baker lives in Arlington, Va., with her husband Tom, and her son, Ryan.