Linton’s Gerry Baker Emphasized Defense

Former Linton football coach, Gerry Baker, who passed away recently, was a very knowledgeable defensive football coach who loved to use a four-man front.  He felt if you played them tough defensively, it would put your team in a good field position when you had the football. Baker had very successful seasons at various schools in New York, and his squads came out on top in  quite a few low scoring games.  Baker was a graduate of Springfield Colege, where he was team captain for two years, and he played on two undefeated teams.  His first head coaching job was at Gloversville High School where his teams were undefeated in 1958 and 1962.  He moved on to Rome free Academy, where he did not lose a game in 1965 or 1966.  his two-year record was 15-0-1, and he was named Metro Coach of the Year in 1966.  Baker coached the Linton Blue Devils from 1967-1985., and his overall record was 30-20-3.  He was the Blue Devil coach in the last Mont Pleasant-Linton game which his Devils won, 33-0.

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