Mr. Keith Baker

Keith Baker

Contact Information
602-265-4707 ext. 271
 
Keith Baker has been on staff at Phoenix Christian Prep since August 1, 2017. Although new to the PC family, he has nearly four decades of experience in Christian higher education environments as a student, student-athlete, coach, and staff member.
 
A 1982 graduate of Grand Canyon College, Keith was hired in March 1983 as the school's full-time sports information director. Prior to that, he worked for Grand Canyon as a play-by-play announcer for the Antelopes' basketball broadcasts since his sophomore year at the school and continued in that capacity through the early 1990's. 
 
While working toward his bachelor's degree from Grand Canyon with a double major in business administration and communications, Keith pitched on the school's first three NAIA national championship baseball teams (1980-82). He also holds the distinction of throwing the program's most recent no-hitter against Nebraska Wesleyan on March 11, 1982. He completed Master's Degree in Christian Leadership in GCU's College of Theology in March of this year.
 
Keith served as Grand Canyon's Sports Information Director from March 1983 through September 1989 when he took on the role of assistant athletics director. He succeeded former GCU President Dr. Gil Stafford as athletics director in 1994. For six years as director of athletics, Keith also coached the men's golf team. He guided the Antelopes to three straight NCAA Division II national championship tournaments from 2006-08, finishing in the top 12 in the nation in each of those seasons. His team finished 10th in the country in 2007 after winning the Pacific West Conference championship and placing second at the NCAA West Regional. In 2008, one of his golfers won the NCAA West Region individual title. He also coached the women's volleyball team in 1984 and 1986. 
 
Keith also offered his talents as a broadcaster, public address announcer, and photographer. He also served as a part-time faculty member by leading courses in sports broadcasting and golf.
 
Keith was a model representative of GCU, upholding its core values as a Christian institution, and was an excellent spokesperson on behalf of the school, his church, and the community. He encourages his staff members and coaches to serve the Lord in their daily lives by the way they treat one another, in addition to upholding integrity and strong values as they represent themselves and the school in athletic competitions. He was recognized for his exceptional leadership in 2009 when he was named "Under Armour AD of the Year" for the Division II West Region.
 
A member of a family that has had numerous relatives attend GCU, Keith and his wife, Amber, met and were married during their undergraduate years at Grand Canyon. They reside in Glendale and have three adult children, all married, as well as four grandchildren.