Ken Baker

bakerDirector of Campus Recreation

The Director of Campus Recreation reports to the Vice President of Student Affairs, and has primary responsibility for the coordination, supervision, and administration of the Recreational Sports Program and the Student Recreation Center.


Educational Background

Previous Experience:

Interim Athletic Director, Eastern Illinois University, 2007-2008

Director Campus Recreation, Eastern Illinois University, 2000 - Present

Replay Official, National Football League, 2003 - Present

Retired from NFL after eleven years on the field, 2001

Physical Education Instructor, Eastern Illinois University, 1994 - 2000

Health Instructor, Lake Land College, 1993-1994

Football Referee, National Football League, 1991-2001

Optician, Medical practice manager, 1977-1994

Football Referee, Big Ten Conference, 1984-1990

Health, Physical Education, Coach, Charleston Jr. and Sr. High, 1976-1977

Elementary teacher and Coach, Charleston Community Unit #1, 1975-1976

Health teacher, Lincoln-Way High School, 1973-1974



 North Texas University (Summer), 1995, Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research, Dallas, TX

Nationals Institute of Fitness and Sport, Indianapolis, IN, 1994, Strength Seminar

Eastern Illinois University. 1994, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

Eastern Illinois University, 1993, American Red Cross Instructor Candidate Training, American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies/CPR

Joint Commission on Allied Heath Personnel, 1979, Ophthalmic Technician

Joint Commission on Allied Heath Personnel, 1977, Ophthalmic Assistant

American Board of Opticianry Certification, 1977

Eastern Illinois University, 1972-1973, MS in Education (emphasis in Physical Education)

Eastern Illinois University, 1972, BS in Education
* Major in Physical Education
* Minor in Health Education and Driver’s Education

Professional Involvement


Association Memberships:

National Intramural Recreation Sports Association

Illinois Intramural Recreation Sports Association

National Football League Referee’s Association

American College of Sports Medicine

Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

National Academy of Opticianry (Fellow)

National Association of Sports Officials

Professional Football Referee’s Association

Big Ten Official’s Association

American School of Health Professionals


Community Service:

Immanuel Lutheran Church (President, Vice President, Elder)

Governor’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sports
Community Unit #1 Board of Education (President 1987-88)

Community Youth Baseball Association

Parent Teacher Organization (President 1985)

United Way Board

Panther Club

Eastern Illinois University Letterman Club

Trojan Booster Club

Assistant Supervisor of Football Officials CCIW and Illini/Badger Conference


Achievements, Honors, Awards

NFL Replay Playoffs, 2006

NFL Replay Playoffs, 2004

National Football League Playoffs, 2000

“American Bowl” in Tokyo, 2000

EIU Distinguished Honors Faculty Award, 1999

National Football League Playoffs, 1998

National Football League Playoffs, 1997

National Football League Playoffs, Hall of Fame Game, 1996

Pro Bowl, 1995

National Football League Playoffs-NFC Championship (Dallas vs. San Francisco), 1994

National Football League Playoffs, 1993

National Football “American Bowl” in London, 1993

National Football League Playoffs, 1992

Sugar Bowl (National Championship Miami vs. Alabama), 1991

NCAA Kickoff Classic, 1990

Big Ten Championship Game, 1988

NAIA Football Playoffs, 1985

NCAA Football Playoffs, 1984

“Teacher of the Year” Charleston Jr. High, 1977

Jaycee’s “Outstanding Young Educator” Award, 1976

Graduate Assistantship, Eastern Illinois University, 1972

“Student Teacher of the Year,” Eastern Illinois University, 1972

Varsity Baseball letterman at Eastern Illinois University, 1971