Mohonasen legend dies

Bill Baker spent 31 years coaching at Rotterdam school

— Mohonasen High School Athletic Hall of Fame coach and athletic director Willard (Bill) Baker died last Wednesday at the age of 79.

Baker coached several sports during a 31-year career at the Rotterdam school, with his greatest success coming in baseball and boys basketball.

He coached the baseball team from 1960 to 1965 and guided Mohonasen to the Suburban Council co-championship in 1965.

Baker became the boys varsity basketball coach in 1963 and led Mohonasen to a Suburban Council co-championship in 1968. He then guided the Mighty Warriors to the Section II Class A/AA title in 1972.

Baker became the school’s athletic director in 1970 — a post he filled until 1986. He was also the Suburban Council basketball chairman and a member of the Section II basketball committee from 1970 through 1985.

Baker is survived by his wife, Lois, four children and grandchildren.

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