Br. Herb Baker 1983-1996 – Head Baseball Coach
Prior to taking over our baseball program in 1983, Brother Herb had built Monsignor Pace High School into a baseball powerhouse. The program won two state championships during Brother Herb’s seven years as head coach.
Brother Herb left Pace in 1981 to become the head coach at Biscayne College – now St. Thomas University. Brother Herb coached at Biscayne for two years, compiling a 49-33 record. The highlight of his days was at Biscayne came during the 1981 season. Biscayne upset the No. 1 ranked team in the country – the University of Miami Hurricanes.
But it was at Columbus High School where Brother Herb made his biggest mark in coaching. Brother Herb came to Columbus in the fall of 1983 and was the school’s head coach for 14 seasons. During his tenure, the Explorers won 7 district championships, 5 regionals and 2 sectionals. Twice, he led the team to the state Final 4.
Over those 14 seasons, Brother Herb is responsible for sending more than 100 players on to college baseball. Several of those players also played professionally.
In addition to his baseball duties at Columbus, Brother Herb has served the school as an athletic trainer – a position he has held for 20 years. He also still works in the classroom and today he teaches AP American History.
In 2006, Brother Herb was inducted into the Columbus Baseball hall of fame and into the Monsignor Pace Sports Hall of Fame.