Henry Baker | New York Giants

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Team: New York Giants
Organization: Professional Football
Position: Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
League: NFL

Biography

Henry is in his first season as the Giants’ assistant defensive backs coach. He came to the Giants from Rutgers University, where he had returned on Jan. 2 as cornerbacks coach and passing game coordinator after spending the 2018 season at the University of North Carolina as cornerbacks coach – the position he held at Rutgers in 2017.

That season, Baker helped a defensive unit make marked improvements, including posting 12 interceptions, which were four more than the previous season. Cornerback Damon Hayes earned All-Big Ten honorable mention by the media that season as he tied the team lead with 10 pass breakups.

Prior to joining the Rutgers program, Baker spent six seasons (2011-16) as the cornerback coach at the University of Delaware, where he was also the special teams coordinator in 2012. In 2016, the Blue Hens’ defense ranked No. 19 nationally in fewest passing yards allowed per game (181.5), No. 21 in interceptions (15) and first overall as a team in fewest penalties per game (3.64).

The previous season, Delaware ranked third in the Colonial Athletic Association and 22nd in the country in scoring defense (20.5 points-per-game) and was fifth in the conference in total defense (329.2 yards-per-game). During the 2014 season, Delaware ranked fourth in the CAA in passing defense, allowing just 197.2 yards a game.

Baker arrived at Delaware after serving as defensive backs coach at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) in 2010. The Warriors allowed only 194.0 passing yards a game.

Prior to his one-year stint at ESU, Baker served two seasons (2008-09) at Maryland, which included the 2009 Rowdy Humanitarian Bowl championship team that finished with an 8-5 record. He was the interim inside linebackers coach for the Terrapins' bowl game and worked with the secondary, linebackers and special teams during his time in College Park.

Baker previously served as Maryland's recruiting intern in 2001. He began his coaching career in 2003 at the school where he played high school football, Eastside High in Paterson, N.J., just 10 miles from MetLife Stadium. Baker’s time at Eastside included an appearance in the New Jersey Group IV Section 1 state championship game. He coached at South Miami (Fla.) High School in 2007 before becoming a collegiate coach.

He also has pro football experience. He was with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2003, and competed in the Arena Football League with the New Jersey Red Dogs and Carolina Cobras and AFL2 with the Norfolk Nighthawks and Albany Firebirds.

Baker served in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship in the training camps of the Detroit Lions in 2015 and the Giants in 2016.

Baker was a four-year letter winner and two-year starter at defensive back from 1994-97 at Maryland, where he earned his bachelor's degree in sociology in 2003.

Baker and his wife, Theresa, have a son, Khari, and daughters Kaila and Khloe.

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