Gavin Baker signs with Franklin Pierce University via Guam FA

Guam’s Gavin Baker Commits to Two-Time Defending NCAA Division II Champions

Guam’s Gavin Baker, a standout senior at Barça Residency Academy in Arizona, has committed to joining the Franklin Pierce University Ravens, the two-time reigning NCAA Division II National Champions. At a recent signing ceremony held at the Arizona campus, Baker expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to pursue higher education while continuing to play the sport he loves. He is eager to join the Ravens family and rise to the level of competition they offer.

The Franklin Pierce University Ravens have been a dominant force in college soccer, boasting an impressive record of back-to-back national championships. In the 2023-2024 season, the team finished with a remarkable 21-0-2 record, scoring 73 goals and allowing just 0.68 goals on average per match. Baker’s addition to the Ravens is seen as a pivotal move by Head Coach Travis Brent, who believes Baker’s talent and potential will help elevate the program to new heights.

Baker’s journey to Franklin Pierce University has been shaped by his time at Barça Residency Academy and his experiences with Guam’s youth national teams. As a key member of Guam’s U17 and U23 squads, Baker showcased his leadership and skill on the international stage. His time at Barça Residency Academy provided him with top-tier coaching and a high-performance environment, while representing Guam in international competitions exposed him to diverse playing styles.

The university highlighted Baker’s exceptional skills and dedication to the sport, recognizing his achievements both on and off the field. Baker’s academic excellence at ASU Preparatory Academy and his standout performances caught the attention of collegiate recruiters across the nation, leading to his commitment to Franklin Pierce University.

With a lifelong passion for football that began at a young age playing for various clubs in Guam, Baker’s journey has culminated in this exciting opportunity to compete at the collegiate level. His family, including his parents Lloyd Jr. and Roanne Baker, brother Carlos, and sister Thea, have been a source of support throughout his career. Guam Football Association General Secretary Joe Cepeda congratulated Baker on his achievements and expressed excitement about his future in intercollegiate soccer.

As Baker embarks on the next chapter of his football career with the Franklin Pierce University Ravens, his experiences and skills are poised to make a significant impact on the team’s success. The Guam football community eagerly anticipates Baker’s contributions at the collegiate level and looks forward to celebrating his continued success in the sport he loves.

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