Baker University - Soccer


Head Coach

Baker University athletics announced the hiring of Mark Sheldon to become its newest head women's soccer coach on Aug. 2, 2017.
Sheldon has led soccer efforts in numerous capacities including head coaching duties at Shawnee Mission West High School as the head girls soccer coach from 1994-2000 and 2004-2006 and served as the head boys and girls soccer coach at Olathe Northwest High School from 2006-2008.
While at Shawnee Mission West, the Vikings finished as the Kansas 6A State Runner-up twice under his leadership and at Olathe Northwest he led the Ravens to three Kansas 6A State Quarterfinal appearances.
From 2008-2015 the University of Kansas graduate was the Director of Coaching at the Kansas Youth Soccer Association. Within that role he served as the Technical Director & Administrator for the Olympic Development Program.
Since 2015, he has led the efforts of the Kansas Rush Soccer Club as the Director of Operations. Sheldon is also a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Girls National Training Center Staff member and has a USSF 'A' License.

Assistant Coach

Coach Gordon Temple joined the Baker University women’s soccer teams coaching staff in 2017.

Before coming to Baker University, Temple was previously an assistant coach at Ottawa University for the men’s soccer program. He also currently coaches with US Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program as a head coach. He has earned his USSF National ‘C’ Coaching License as well as the NSCAA National Diploma.

Temple has an extensive playing background, captaining Ottawa University’s men’s soccer program. In 2005, he helped the team to a 2nd place finish in Conference and runners up in the KCAC tournament. Prior to Ottawa, he played for Iowa Central Community College men’s soccer team, winning the NJCAA Region tournament and a 2nd place finish in Conference in 2004. In 2003, he was part of the team that won Conference and set an ICCC college record with an 18-2 season finish. Temple was awarded 2nd team all-conference selection at ICCC in 2004 and again in 2006 at Ottawa University.

Temple earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education from Ottawa University and is currently working on his Master of Science in Sports Management at Baker University.

Assistant Coach

Laurie Frew joins the Baker University women's soccer coaching staff in 2018. While at Baker, Frew will be working toward her Master’s of Science in Sports Management. 

Frew was a four-year impact player at Columbia College (Mo.). She earned NAIA All-America honors twice and was named to the American Midwest Conference First-Team in all four seasons with the Cougars. 
Frew also earned AMC Conference Player of the Year honors in 2015 and 2017. She also garnered multiple academic awards throughout her career at Columbia including being named a CoSIDA Academic All-American three times.


Head Coach

Baker Athletics Hall of Fame member Nate Houser has served as the Head Soccer Coach of both the men's and women's soccer teams since 2008 and was named the Director of Soccer in that same year. He now serves as the head men's coach and the Director of the Athletics at Baker University. Under coach Houser, Baker has made five consecutive national tournament appearances and seven overall, ( '08, '11, '13, '14, '15, '16, '17). This includes a 2011 appearance in the NAIA Fab Four, and five sweet sixteen appearances.

During his time with Baker, Houser has coached three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 81 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and 28 NAIA All-Americans. Houser has led the 'Cats to four regular season Heart titles ( '11, '13, '15, '17), and six Heart playoff championship game appearances with titles in ('08, '13, and '14). He began his college coaching career as the women’s head coach in 2003 by guiding the Wildcats to their first-ever Region V playoff appearance. As the women's head coach, Houser guided Baker to national tournament appearances in ( '10, '11, '12), including a Fab four appearance in 2010, an elite eight appearance in 2011, and a sweet sixteen appearance in 2012. Houser won the Heart Coach of the Year Award and NSCAA Plains Region Coach of the Year in 2011. With these honors, he became the first coach in the Heart of America Athletic Conference and Midwest Region to win both the women’s and men’s award in the same season.

Notable Achievements

245-127-48 career record at Baker University all-time

134-52-25 career record with the Baker men's soccer program

         NCSAA Midwest Regional coach of the Year ( '11, '13, '15)

         Heart of America Coach of the Year ( '11, '13, '15)

111-75-23 career record with the Baker women's soccer program

         NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year ( '11)

         Heart of America Coach of the Year ( '11)

Professional Playing Career

After graduating from Baker in 1994, Houser enjoyed a 12-year professional soccer career. He spent 11 seasons with the Kansas City Comets and one with the St. Louis Steamers and the Baltimore Blast. Houser was an All-Star selection during the 1999 and 2000 seasons and an All-Pro selection in 2000. Houser also played outdoor soccer in the USL A-League for the Hampton Roads Mariners (1996), Rochester Rhinos (1997) and the Milwaukee Rampage (2000). Every team Houser appeared with went on to play in the post-season. In 1997 the Kansas City Comets won the NPSL championship. From 2000 to 2003 Houser was part of the U.S. National Team Futsal Player Pool.

Collegiate Playing Career

In 2007, Houser was inducted into the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame. As a player Houser was a first team All-America selection in 1992 and 1993, as well as an NSCAA first team All-America selection. He garnered honorable mention status in 1991. Houser was Conference, District and Regional Player of the Year during that time as well. In 1992 he was part of the United States Olympic Festival and won a silver medal as part of the final field of 64 for the 1992 Olympic team. Nate finished his career with 162 points and still holds the season record for goals and points and is the career assist leader with 35. Houser also played in the Umbro Senior Bowl in the spring of 1994 before graduating.

Assitant Coach

Sean McAlister joined the Baker men's soccer staff in 2013 after an impressive four year playing career on the men's soccer and baseball teams.

The Topeka, Kan., native graduated from Baker in December of 2012 with bachelor of science degree in sports administration and a business minor.

While playing for head coach Nate Houser, the Wildcats advanced to the quarterfinals in the NAIA Men's Soccer National Tournament after winning the 2008 Heart Conference Tournament and a NAIA Opening Round match win against Park University.

He was also a member of the historic 2011 squad that advanced to the national semifinals of the NAIA National Championship Tournament for the first time in school history after winning the Heart regular season championship and finishing the regular season undefeated, another first for the program.

McAlister registered three goals and 10 assists in his career for the Wildcats and earned a win for Baker as a goalkeeper against Avila last season. He was a starting pitcher for the Baker baseball team for four years under head coach Phil Hannon. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree from Baker in Management & Leadership.

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