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 Staff Coach/Owner


 Scott Baker

In six seasons as head men’s soccer coach at Rowan University, Scott Baker has led the Profs to four appearances in the NCAA Championship Tournament while compiling an overall record of 84-35-6.  

Baker, who played for Rowan’s 1990 national champion team, has also guided the Profs to three New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) championship game appearances in the last four years, as well as a 25-8-3 record in conference play.

His 2019 team reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship before falling to top-ranked and eventual national runner-up Amherst, to mark the furthest advancement for Rowan in the NCAA Championship since 2001. The Profs, who reached the NJAC Final, closed out the year ranked 15th in the United Soccer Coaches national poll.

This past season capped a four-year run which saw the Profs go 58-20-6 with three appearances in both the NCAA Tournament and the NJAC Final.

In 2018, Rowan went 12-7 and was the conference semifinalist while 2017 saw the Profs reach the NCAA Tournament and the NJAC final. That team went 17-4-1 and earned its third straight NCAA berth, which included the hosting of the first and second rounds for the second year in a row. Baker was named the NJAC Coach of the Year while standout Shane Doherty was named to the All-America second team by the United Soccer Coaches.

Baker’s 2016 team compiled a 17-3-1 record, reached the NJAC championship game and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, while hosting both postseason games. The Profs also led all divisions in the NCAA country in offense. Doherty and Will Sjaastad were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America Team with Sjaastad earning NJAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Named only the third coach in Rowan soccer history in 2014, Baker’s first team went 10-9, but he quickly got the Profs into the NCAA Tournament, as the 2015 team earned an at-large berth for Rowan’s first appearance since 2003.

Baker is very active in youth soccer and is the co-director and co-owner of RUSA FC Soccer Academy, which trains and plays its games at Rowan’s West Campus. A member of the New Jersey Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Committee, he was the director of club development for the Futbol Club Copa Academy and director of training for the Team Boca Soccer Club from 2003 to 2012. He served as the associate head coach/director of training for the club’s professional team, the Boca Blast, in 2012.

Baker’s collegiate coaching experience is extensive has he has headed the programs at Defiance College, Flagler College, Brookdale Community College and New Jersey City University. Baker led Brookdale to a conference championship, regional championship and the national final.  While at Flagler he guided the men’s and women’s programs to spots in the national Top 25 and the women’s team recorded its best season in the team’s history.

His career has also included stops at numerous high schools, among them Pope John Paul II High School, Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Florida and locally, Delsea Regional. At Stoneman Douglas, Baker led his team to a state championship and was voted Coach of the Year for all sports in Miami-Dade County by the Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald.

Baker was a four-year starter at Rowan from 1990 to 1993 and played in all 90 matches of his career, totaling 46 points with 13 goals and 20 assists. He earned NJAC All-Conference first-team honors in 1990 and was selected to the second team the following year. He captained the 1992 team and led them to the NJAC Championship and the nation’s number-one ranking. Baker and the Profs reached the pinnacle in 1990 as they captured the NCAA Division III Championship, becoming the second Rowan men’s soccer team to do so. That squad was inducted into the Rowan University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.

He graduated from Rowan in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix. The native of Jackson, NJ, holds an NSCAA national license as well as a United States Soccer Federation license.

Baker and his wife, Krista, who is registered dietician and Penn State graduate, live in Glassboro. The couple has two daughters, Emily and Katie, who are current Rowan students.

 
  

 Staff Coach/Owner


 Justin Abbey

Brings over 20 years of youth coaching experience on both the boys' and girls' side of the game. He has coached youth teams that have placed players into professional academies and his teams have won numerous nationally recognized tournaments. Seven of Coach Abbey's players have moved on to the Philadelphia Union Academy in the last 3 years. Coach Abbey's son Ian is currently playing on the Philadelphia Union reserve team and has recently committed to Play college soccer at Rutgers. 

Coach Abbey has previously served as Director of Coaching at Pittsgrove SC and as FC Copa Academy. He has served as a men's assistant coach at Rowan University for the past seven years, helping to return the program to national prominence.

Coach Abbey grew up playing youth soccer in southern New Jersey. At the age of 14 he was offered the opportunity to play in Europe where he gathered experience playing with Danish club Holbaek B&I. Upon returning to the United States, he attended St.Augustine Prep. Coach Abbey was a four year starter at the Prep and a two year captain. He was named All South Jersey and All State his junior and senior seasons and was selected as one of the top 18 players in the state his senior year. He finished his high school career with 99 goals and 129 assists. Posting an incredible senior season of 41 goals and 49 assists.

He attended Rowan University where he was a four year starter. Coach Abbey was selected to all conference and all region honors and was a member of the only undefeated regular season in Rowan Men's Soccer history in 1995 on the team that finished 16-0-3. He finished his collegiate career as Rowan University's all time assist leader and the third leading scorer in the school's rich soccer history.                       
After college, Justin was drafted into the MISL and played professionally.

In 2019 Coach Abbey was honored by being selected into the South Jersey Hall Of Fame for his outstanding career. 

Coach Abbey and his wife, Karin, have three beautiful children Ian, Mia and Trey,

 
  

 Staff Coach


 Jake Connors

Started his playing career with Matchfit Academy and was a consistent starter for the club when they played in the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy. This allowed him to be recruited by Rowan University where he was a four-year starter for the college. During his career Connors totaled 57 career points with 17 goals and 23 assists, his impact led the program to be ranked #1 in the country for Division III soccer. In his Senior year he captained the team and was named to the New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Conference first team and the United Soccer Coaches South Atlantic All-Region second team.

Connors is now currently playing professionally for the Philadelphia Fury. Presently Connors is the Director of Operations and staff coach for RUSA, and is an assistant men's coach at Rowan University.


  

 Staff Coach


 John Loiodice

Serves as an assistant men’s coach at Rowan University. Coach John has also coached in South Jersey at Triton Regional High School and Bishop Eustace High School. Prior to that, John has coached the U23 Ocean City Nor'Easters. John presently serves as a NJ ODP Coach as well.  John holds USSF Licenses.        

Playing Career: Brick Memorial High School  - Brookdale Community College - Rowan University

Coaching Career: Current Rowan University men's assistant coach  - Former head boys soccer coach Triton Regional High School - Former head boys soccer coach Bishop Eustace High School - Former head coach U23 Ocean City Nor Easters    

 

 
  

 Staff Coach


 Kyle Schumann

An assistant women's soccer coach Jefferson University. Schumann previously served as an assistant coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2018. The Bulldogs posted a 13-5-1 record with their only losses coming to teams who competed in the NCAA Tournament. Kyle was also a men's soccer assistant coach at Malone University in 2017.        

Outside of his collegiate coaching experience, Schumann was lead staff coach, goalkeeper coach and academy director for the Highlander Soccer Club in Bixby, Oklahoma. His extensive coaching resume also includes experience as a goalkeeper coach and assistant coach at both Moore and Putnam City West High Schools.        

Schumann played in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) in 2013 as a goalkeeper for the Tulsa Athletic. He spent his collegiate career at Southern Nazarene University, where he helped the Crimson Storm to four consecutive appearances in the NAIA Tournament, advancing to the national semifinals in 2005. Schumann was named a NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete in 2007. He was a member of the 2005 state runner-up team at Broken Arrow High School, earning All-State honors.        

A certified United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and former collegiate referee, Schumann holds a National Goalkeeper license from the United Soccer Coaches in addition to the National C and Youth licenses from the USSF.

 
  
  
 

 Staff Coach


Beto Lima

            Beto came from Brazil to the USA in 2017 to play in college. He played for 1st division teams in Brazil and second division in Spain. He was recruited by Wilmington University in 2017 being a red shirt on his first year. On his second year, Beto helped his team get to NCAA National Tournament. Because of ACL injury, he decided to retire from playing in college and started to build his own brand called “@Bmoresoccer”. With many of viral videos, Coach B has more than 20 Million views across his social media platforms. His page on TikTok is followed by more than 130k and Instagram is almost 10k followers. B is graduating in Sports Management at Wilmington University, and is currently enrolled at Barcelona Fc University, on the Academy Coach course. Currently, Coach B is Director of operation at RUSA FC, staff coach and creator of BMORESOCCER. 

  

 Staff Coach


 Anthony Tarsatana

Coach Anthony is currently in his second season as Goalkeeper Coach with the Rowan University Men’s Soccer program. Prior to Rowan, he held the same position at Widener University. He has coached in South Jersey for almost 25 years, including 15 years at Highland and Timber Creek High Schools.  In 2003, he led Timber Creek High School to their first ever conference championship.


He graduated from Washington TownshipHigh School in 1988, captaining the 1987 men's soccer team.  He went on to play at Camden County College and St. Andrews College, NC where his GAA was top 10 in the country.

Coach Anthony has several NSCAA, National, and State soccer, goalkeeping, and futsal coaching licenses.

 

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