2019 Clan Coaching Spotlight - Mike Baker

For today we have for you Mike Baker. He is another long time member of the club and someone who has a lot to offer to our coaching staff this season.

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What are you coaching?

I'm assistant coaching the men and helping out where ever Martin or Warren ask this season. 

When did you start playing rugby?

I started playing at the age of 16 in High School

Brief playing/ coaching history?

I started playing at Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon, got into the senior men's program with the Wild Oats that summer and never looked back. I played with the Junior Prairie Fire (U21) out of Regina in the Super League. In 2003 I moved to Edmonton and joined the Clansmen and have been here ever since. While in Edmonton I also played with the Edmonton Gold for 2 seasons. Officially hung up my boots two seasons ago. 


What brought you to the Clan?

I asked one of the older fellas at the Wild Oats where I should go, he told me the Clan is a fun club. I showed up to practice, met Travis Bilou, got a job through the club, inherited a bunch of friends and had no reason to leave and a lot of reasons to stay. 


What got you into coaching?

I had to quit playing earlier than I would have liked due to injury and wanted to stay involved with the game. Rugby has given me a lot in and I want to give back as much as I am able. 


What's your coaching philosophy?

Rugby is something different to each player, as a coach, I want to help you reach the something rugby is to you. If you are extremely competitive and want to be the best and win at all costs, I will push you to be that rain or shine. If you like playing the game and just want to keep getting better and progressing, I will work with you on that. If you just want to come out for a runaround and drink a beer afterward, I will grab you a beer at the bar (a single beer).  


Do you have any special talents that people aren't aware of?

I have never been beaten in an Indian Leg Wrestle. (Most people playing now wouldn't know that people from the olden days Rugby Fest parties would)


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