In 1980, he was co-winner of the Male Athlete of the Year Award at MRHS, an All-Star at the NSSAF “AAA” Provincial Basketball Championships and Basketball Nova Scotia Adult Male Player of the Year. That same year, Brent was a member of the Nova Scotia Junior Men’s Basketball Team and, in 1981, a member of the Nova Scotia Canada Games Men’s Basketball Team in Saint John, N.B.
In the fall of 1981, Brent took his basketball talents to Antigonish where he became a valuable member of the St. Francis Xavier Basketball X-Men until 1986. In his inaugural season, the 6′ 3″ swingman averaged 6.7 points per game leading the way to his selection as Rookie of the Year for the X-Men. Brent had an outstanding year in 1984-85 when he was selected as MVP at the St. F.X. Invitational Tournament, MVP for the X-Men, MVP for the CIAU Eastern Regionals as well as First Team AUAA All-Star for Men’s Basketball. In 1987, he was a member of Canada’s National Team at the World Student Games in Yugoslavia and in the fall of 1987 a member of Canada’s National Team for the Big East Tour.
After graduation from St. F.X. with his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education, Brent taught school and coached basketball in Kingston, New York. Upon his return to Canada, he became a member of the teaching staff at the Cobequid Education Center in Truro, N.S. where he also began coaching the always tough Men’s Basketball Cougars.
A great athlete, a dedicated teacher and an excellent coach, Brent Baker is a welcome addition to the Sports Heritage Wall of Fame.