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Baker Alum Amer Didic Signs with Sporting KC

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – Baker University alum Amer Didic has been signed by Sporting KC of Major League Soccer (MLS), announced on Wednesday by the club.

 

He has signed a contract for the 2017 season with options for 2018, 2019 and 2020, becoming the first-ever former Baker University men’s soccer player to sign with a team from the MLS.

 

The 22-year-old center back is the third player to sign an MLS contract from USL affiliate Swope Park Rangers, following defender Tyler Pasher and goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas who joined Sporting Kansas City in December.

 

“I am very excited for this opportunity,” Didic said. “This is something I have been striving to do for the last year and a half, but it doesn’t stop here. I want to take what I’ve learned from the Swope Park Rangers and help Sporting Kansas City stay successful and contend for championships. I feel prepared to step in and do what I need to do for the team to win.”

 

“Signing Amer is something we have been planning since the beginning of the year when he joined us for preseason,” Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes said.

 

“He is someone who came to the Swope Park Rangers last year and has made an incredible evolution in a short period of time. He’s a very good defender with the ball at his feet and he’s incredibly agile for his size. I’m excited for Amer because not many people knew about him out of college, and I appreciate when players get rewarded for staying committed and going after their dream.”

 

Didic made 32 appearances for the Rangers during his first professional season in 2016, receiving USL All-League First Team honors as a Defender of the Year finalist after appearing on USL’s Team of the Week a league-high six times. In addition to leading SPR to a Western Conference championship and an appearance in the USL Cup Final, the 6-foot-4 defender played all 90 minutes in three CONCACAF Champions League matches for Sporting Kansas City.

 

Before starting six matches this season for the Rangers, Didic kicked off 2017 with his debut for the Canada U-23 Men’s National Team in March. He started and played the full 90 minutes in consecutive shutout wins over Uzbekistan and Qatar as Canada was crowned champion of the U-23 tournament in Doha, Qatar.

 

Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and raised in Edmonton, Canada, Didic spent a four-year college career at Baker University in nearby Baldwin City, Kansas, where he was a two-time NAIA All-American and landed NSCAA All-American and Heart of America Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2015.

 

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Baker Football Promotes Jake Morse to Offensive Coordinator

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – Baker University head football coach Mike Grossner has announced on Friday that Baker alum Jake Morse has been promoted to the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach role beginning June 1.

 

The 2013 Baker graduate played quarterback for the Wildcats from 2010-13 and has served on the coaching staff at BU as the quarterbacks coach since 2015.

 

Former offensive coordinator Miguel Regalado served in the OC role from 2011 to 2016 and has accepted the head coaching position at Clarke University, becoming the teams first-ever head coach.

 

“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to become the next Offensive Coordinator at Baker University,” said Morse. “As an alumnus of this great University I have tremendous pride in accepting this role. I look forward to continuing the proud tradition and standard of excellence this football program has achieved. I am also thrilled to continue working alongside the Baker family for many years to come.

 

“I personally want to thank Coach Grossner, Theresa Yetmar, and Baker University for giving me this special opportunity. I would also like to thank Coach Regalado for his guidance and support over the years. I wish him and his family the best as they move forward to Clarke University.”

 

After graduating from Baker in December of 2013, he joined the coaching staff at Texas Tech University and served as a defensive graduate assistant with the Red Raiders during the 2014 season.

 

He then came back home in 2015 and the Baker offense has thrived ever since. The Wildcats have won back-to-back Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division championships and posted an overall record of 25-3 in that span, including a school-record amount of wins in 2016 with its 14-1 mark and trip to the NAIA-FCS National Championship game in Daytona Beach, Florida.

 

Under his leadership, Logan Brettell became Baker’s first-ever NAIA National Player of the Year in 2016.

 

Baker broke 25 school records in 2016 with several coming on the offensive side of the ball.

 

Brettell broke the Baker single season record for passing yards in a season with 5,073 and passing touchdowns with 52. He also went 150 passes without throwing an interception, which broke a 24-year school record and his 69.8-percent passing percentage is the best in a single season.

 

“Jake Morse has been promoted to the position of Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach,” said Grossner. “He will use this Spring to begin that phase in our offense. This will be a seamless transition as he and Coach Regalado will continue to work together the remainder of this semester. These guys have been a great tandem for many years as both player and coach.

 

“Jake is ready to step into this role; and we have plenty of coaches in place ready to work along side of him. The pieces are falling into place quickly for a fairly seamless transition. I’m excited to see Jake take this opportunity and run with it. He has great work ethic and organizational skills to go along with his football mind. He came home two years ago when the opportunity arose, because he has a lot of pride in his alma mater. Go Cats!”

 

On the field, Morse was named the Heart Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 and ended his career with 7,176 yards and 60 touchdown passes, each ranking second all-time in Baker history. He helped lead Baker to NAIA-FCS Playoff appearances in 2012 and 2013 and a Heart of America Athletic Conference title in 2013.

 

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