One of my favorite pastimes as a former Warrior coach is to look back at past players position-by-position and try to pick my dream team.
When I look at the tight end position one name always pops up and that is Nick Baker.
Nick is a 1986 Del Norte graduate that had the size, speed and excellent hands that made him an outstanding player at his position. I can still see him making great catches on throws from quarterback Blaine Lopez.
He was especially good in our hurry up offense as he always appeared to know where the first down marker was and where the areas were in the defensive secondary. Nick also played four years in the Warrior basketball program.
After high school graduation Nick first went to Santa Rosa Junior College where he completed his AA degree. He long had a real interest in photography. This interest led him to Brooks Institute of photography in Santa Barbara where he earned his BA.
After college graduation Nick returned to Crescent City and went to work for The Triplicate. He really enjoyed being able to photograph Warrior sports as well as other student activities. He worked in this position for about four years. The urge to wander struck and Nick moved to a photography job with a newspaper in Florida and said he really enjoyed his time in Florida.
While there he won several honors on both the state and national level for his photography work. He was present at a meeting in Florida to photograph President George W. Bush when 9/11 occurred and was able to photograph the president at the exact instant he was being informed of this horrendous incident. It is something he will always remember.
After four years in Florida the urge to return to California got the best of him. He returned and took a position with a newspaper in Paradise where he worked until deciding to become a correctional officer. He now works at the California State Prison, Sacramento, a job he really enjoys.
Nick is still looking for that special girl that can get him to say ‘I do.’ For the right girl he will be a great catch as he is a real quality young man, one I am proud to have worked with.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.