The 2022 state champion Baylor boys' soccer team were number three in United Soccer Coaches' final national rankings of high school teams across the United States.
One of the finest soccer venues in the state, the Baylor soccer complex opened in the fall of 2005. A lighted stadium with an Olympic size field is complemented by two adjacent full-sized fields, one featuring artificial turf.
Baylor Soccer Fast Facts
- Baylor won Division II state championships in 2018, 2012, 2007, 2000, 1997 and was state runner-up in 2014.
- Baylor was a state semifinalist in 2013, 2011, and 2008.
- The 1997 team finished the season ranked 10th in a national poll.
Baylor fields boys' soccer teams at the Upper School varsity and junior varsity levels, and in the Middle School for grades 6-8.
Baylor's girls' and boys' soccer teams have been named by United Soccer Coaches as recipients of High School School Team Academic Awards for the 2020-21 school year.
Baylor senior Ethan Nunes has signed papers with Oglethorpe University to continue his soccer career with the Stormy Petrels.
Baylor soccer recently moved a little closer to the scientific cutting edge of sports, procuring GameTraka® GPS devices made by Sports Performance Tracking (SPT).
Baylor's boys' and girls' soccer teams have both earned Team Academic Awards for 2017-18 as announced by United Soccer Coaches. Those teams also won state championships during the 2017-18 seasons.
Five members of the state championship Baylor boys' soccer team have been named All-State players by the Tennessee High School Soccer Coaches Association.
Baylor senior Matheus Maia will continue his soccer career at Carson-Newman University, signing papers with the Eagles on May 22.
Baylor senior Eemeli Makela signed papers committing to continue his soccer career at Lee University on Tuesday, March 20.
For a third year in a row, Baylor's girls' and boys' soccer teams have been named winners of the High School Team Academic Award by United Soccer Coaches.
Head Coach: Curtis Blair
Assistant Coaches: Kwame Appiah, Erin Ridley, Ramsey Seagle
Red: Justin Haskell
Gray: Henry Paris
Head coach of Baylor's girls' and boys' varsity soccer teams, Curtis Blair grew up near Chattanooga and was the first All-State soccer player ever at Soddy Daisy High School. He went on to be four-year starter and captain at Tennessee Wesleyan College, where he earned a B.S. in exercise and sports medicine with an emphasis in physical education and health. He has an M.S. in human movement from A. T. Still University. He holds "A"and "Youth" licenses with the USSF and Premier and Youth diplomas with United Coaches.
Blair was an assistant coach for state champion Baylor teams in 2006, 2010, and 2011 and was head coach for Raider teams that took state titles in 2012, 2017, and 2018. Winning both girls' and boys' titles in the 2017-18 school year, Blair was the recipient of the Scrappy Moore Coach of the Year Award, named the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
"The relationship with the players is by far the best thing about coaching at Baylor," says Blair. "Getting to know each player individually is very important to me. And there are so many quality coaches here that really care about our student-athletes. I also love the fact that we have such a great athletic department with our coaching staff, athletic training staff, strength and conditioning staff, and wonderful Baylor teachers. And our facilities are some of the best soccer facilities in the south, equal to most college facilities."
"My coaching philosophy is based on three areas: Character, Process, Results," continues Blair. "Every season, we come together and come up with a word that will define our team. We use this word throughout the season. Process is having our players understand it is the journey and not the destination that matters. If we control what we can control, that is our attitude and effort, then everything else will take care of itself. Results are important but teaching our players how to compete is more important. I feel like if we concentrate on our Character and the Process then the Results will come."