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NHouserNate Houser

Nate enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1990 following graduation from Poway High School in Poway, Calif., where he earned letters in and was named all-conference in football and soccer. At Baker, he concentrated on soccer and becomes the first inductee to the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame from this sport. His freshman year he was named the top newcomer and also to the second-team All-HAAC team. In his sophomore year he earned first-team all-conference honors, first-team all-region and honorable mention NAIA All-American honors. As a junior the honors continued with inclusion on the first-team all-conference squad, being named the Conference Player of the Year and Region Player of the Year and being named to the NAIA All-American first team for having set a school record of scoring 31 goals and scoring 72 points in a season.

He was named to and played for the U.S. Olympic Festival North Team, which took the silver medal that summer. During his senior year in addition to first-team honors in the conference, region and NAIA and Player of the Year in the Conference and Region, he was named an NSCAA first-team All-American and played in the NAIA Adidas Senior Bowl. He served as Wildcat team captain from 1991 to 93, set an additional team record of career assists with 35 and is second all time in goals scored (65) and total points (165). On campus, Nate was also active in a wide range of activities, including Mungano, the Kappa Sigma fraternity, as IFC President, as vice president of the Greek Council, as a University admissions assistant and in 1993 he was elected homecoming king by his fellow students. Following graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science, Nate was drafted in the a territorial round of the National Professional Soccer League by the Wichita Wings before being traded to the Kansas City Attack.

He played professional soccer in both outdoor and indoor leagues from 1994 to 2004. During that time he spent nine seasons with the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League where he was named to the MISL All-Star squad in 1999-2000 and was honorable mention All-MISL those years. He was the Comets' Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003 and concluded his professional career with the Baltimore Blast in 2004 having played in a career total of 507 games which included 41 playoff games with the Comets. In 2003 he returned to Baker to become the head coach of the women’s soccer team and has been responsible for growing the team from 19 to 35 players and for creating a junior varsity team as well.

His 2011 men's and women's soccer teams qualified for the NAIA National Championship Tournament final site, as the men's squad advanced all the way to the final four and finished the season ranked No. 3 in the country, while the women's team advanced to the quarterfinals and finished the season ranked No. 18. Houser was named the 2011 HAAC Men's and Women's Soccer Coach of the Year.

During his time away from the University he continues to participate in a wide range of soccer related coaching in competitive youth leagues and with a program established for handicapped youth. He has also been active in the Olympic Development team as a staff member and head coach. He is married to Erica (Swensen), ’96, and they live in Lenexa with their two children, Micayla and Michael.

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