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.
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.