Tom Baldwin is experiencing a wide range of emotions at this point of the school year. With less than a week left before the final day, he is feeling sad, but excited.
A new page is turning in the 78-year-old's life. Who could blame him for getting a little choked up, or even being wrapped in nostalgia?
Baldwin, the former Costa Mesa High football coach, is in his final year at the school, as he is retiring after roughly 49 years as a teacher.
Perhaps, this is more of a news or education story, since Baldwin will continue to coach the boys' and girls' golf teams at Costa Mesa. But if you know Baldwin, you'll realize he'll always belong on the sports page.
Many in the community continue to call him, "Coach." His former players certainly refer to him by that title.
Many of those former players plan to honor Coach's career on July 1. It's a retirement party for Baldwin. It's not only about Baldwin as a teacher, but it's also about his time as a coach.