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October 28, 2001
Barry Faulkner Teaching history is how it all started for Tom Baldwin. After coaching football in parts of six decades, however, including 12 stops spanning the high school, college and professional ranks, the spirited sideline sage has chiseled his own special niche in the history of Orange County football. And, though he will turn 70 in January, the always upbeat Baldwin is taking steps to ensure he will add several more chapters to his noteworthy career.
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By Matt Szabo | August 27, 2006
Former Costa Mesa High football coach Tom Baldwin admittedly didn't know how to spend his summers. Last year was the first time in nearly a half-century he'd had a real summer vacation. "I coached football for 47 years," Tom Baldwin said. "I always thought you were supposed to coach football during the summer." But after retiring from coaching football following his second Mustangs head coaching tenure in 2004, Baldwin, now 74, had time on his hands. Although it must have been tough for the longtime head coach, he left it to his wife, Carol, to do the planning.
NEWS
April 3, 2003
Nick Sherman, Sr. Tim Frohling, Sr. Brad Chamberlin, Sr. Alex Chikovani, Jr. Robert Ury, Jr. Colby Hackett, Jr. Billy Bettingen, Jr. Ben Tilsen, So. Zack Rabinovich, So. Coach: Mike Starkweather Nick Zimmerman, Sr. Adam Donovan, Sr. Alex Mulhern, Sr. Joey Edwards, Sr. Aaron King, Sr. Brian Beach, Jr. Billy Jackson, Fr. Coach: Tom Baldwin ...
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | September 25, 2006
Costa Mesa High girls' golf coach Tom Baldwin is aware that his school isn't known as a golf school. It was evident when Baldwin had 19 golfers on his team last year, many of whom were first-time players. But what Baldwin is looking for is improvement, and he said the Mustangs should be better this year. "We only won two matches last year, and a lot of kids all got to play," said Baldwin, a longtime football coach who is in his second year as girls' golf coach. "We'll be a little better this year, because we have some experience coming back."
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By: Dave Thorpe | September 14, 2005
Out of the 25 girls in the Costa Mesa High girls golf program, 18 have never touched a golf club before. So first-year coach Tom Baldwin, who is serving as the head girls golf coach for the first time after being the school's football coach last year, has his work cut out for him. Baldwin enlisted former coach and old friend John Clurry as his assistant. "I don't expect to win it all, but I don't expect to come in last," said Clury. Clury met Baldwin when he was 10 years old and played football for him at Santa Ana Valley High.
NEWS
January 7, 2005
Rick Devereux The search for a Costa Mesa High varsity football coach is in full gear, weeks after Tom Baldwin stepped down following his one season at the helm. The Mustangs (2-8) missed the CIF Southern Section Division VII playoffs for the second straight year after Baldwin was given the reins to the program when former coach Dave Perkins was fired July 23. "We knew [Baldwin] was just an interim fill," Assistant Principal Kirk Bauermeister said.
NEWS
August 29, 2004
ROGER CARLSON After a seemingly endless stream of negatives, it feels good to write of Costa Mesa High's football program, which has been held together with the help of one of the most loyal of Mustangs, 72-year-old Tom Baldwin. When the subject of Baldwin surfaces, negatives seem to vanish. It would be easy to label him as the most loyal of all Mustangs, except in the same huddle with him as an assistant is Al Dies. "I'm really happy about getting Al Dies back," said Baldwin of the longtime Mustang assistant, who had been idle since before spring.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | July 6, 2010
Many football coaches use the motto: "It's not how you start, but how you finish." The statement applied to Tom Baldwin during his retirement party Thursday night at the Neighborhood Community Center in Costa Mesa. The former Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Santa Ana Valley high school coach ended an emotional speech with poignant words. Several of the nearly 400 people in the room played for Baldwin. He found it fitting to end by simulating a pregame speech. First, he set the mood, telling everyone that on this night, his team would be playing against Mater Dei. That, of course, got everyone's attention.
NEWS
July 31, 2004
Rick Devereux Things may seem to be unraveling in Costa Mesa High's athletic department with the departure of Dave Perkins as athletic director and head football coach, and the resignations of Doug Deats as baseball coach, Bob Severn as basketball coach and Glenn Mitchell as boys and girls track and field coach. But veteran assistant coach Tom Baldwin is trying to be the glue that keeps the program, especially football, together. "I'm running the whole thing right now," the outside linebacker and receiver coach said.
NEWS
February 12, 2003
Barry Faulkner Costa Mesa High football coach Dave Perkins announced Tuesday that former Mustangs head coach Tom Baldwin and former All-Pro San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Jesse Sapolu have joined the program as assistant coaches. Baldwin, who has been an assistant at several schools, including Corona del Mar and Costa Mesa, after guiding the Mustangs as head coach for eight seasons (1984-91), will work with the offensive line and outside linebackers," Perkins said.
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By Bryce Alderton | September 17, 2012
Derek Smith was used to being around volleys and overhead slams as an assistant tennis coach at Estancia High. This season though he'll be in the midst of chip shots and putts as head coach of Costa Mesa's girls' golf team. The Mustangs are young, with one senior joining sophomores and freshmen. Smith said this season is dedicated to sending senior and varsity returner Marcie Mathieu out on a positive note. Mathieu is a four-year varsity member and made first-team All-Orange Coast League last fall, Smith said.
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SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | July 6, 2010
Many football coaches use the motto: "It's not how you start, but how you finish." The statement applied to Tom Baldwin during his retirement party Thursday night at the Neighborhood Community Center in Costa Mesa. The former Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Santa Ana Valley high school coach ended an emotional speech with poignant words. Several of the nearly 400 people in the room played for Baldwin. He found it fitting to end by simulating a pregame speech. First, he set the mood, telling everyone that on this night, his team would be playing against Mater Dei. That, of course, got everyone's attention.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | June 19, 2010
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.
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By Dominic Perrone | September 27, 2006
COSTA MESA ? Every time Costa Mesa and Estancia high schools compete against one another in an athletic event it can be considered a rivalry. But on the totem pole of intensity that each sport inspires in its competitors, this year girls' golf is at or near the bottom. Estancia is coming off a Golden West League title, oozing with experience. The Eagles also have the defending league champion in Bridget Gleason. Costa Mesa on the other hand is just the opposite, in that the Mustangs are young and inexperienced.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | September 25, 2006
Costa Mesa High girls' golf coach Tom Baldwin is aware that his school isn't known as a golf school. It was evident when Baldwin had 19 golfers on his team last year, many of whom were first-time players. But what Baldwin is looking for is improvement, and he said the Mustangs should be better this year. "We only won two matches last year, and a lot of kids all got to play," said Baldwin, a longtime football coach who is in his second year as girls' golf coach. "We'll be a little better this year, because we have some experience coming back."
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | August 27, 2006
Former Costa Mesa High football coach Tom Baldwin admittedly didn't know how to spend his summers. Last year was the first time in nearly a half-century he'd had a real summer vacation. "I coached football for 47 years," Tom Baldwin said. "I always thought you were supposed to coach football during the summer." But after retiring from coaching football following his second Mustangs head coaching tenure in 2004, Baldwin, now 74, had time on his hands. Although it must have been tough for the longtime head coach, he left it to his wife, Carol, to do the planning.
SPORTS
May 30, 2006
Jeremy Osso had been planning to come back to Costa Mesa High as an assistant football coach. As it turned out, he hadn't been aiming high enough. Osso will return to the Mustangs sideline as their new head coach. The Estancia High graduate was an assistant at Costa Mesa from 2001 to '03, serving two seasons as offensive coordinator. He replaces Jay Johnston, who resigned April 21 after one season, citing a lack of teaching positions on campus. Costa Mesa Boys' Athletic Director Tim Postiff confirmed the hiring of Osso, a walk-on.
SPORTS
By By Chris Yemma | October 27, 2005
Costa Mesa and OCC alum hoping to make some green by going long -- driving, that is.Most average golfers go their entire life without getting one. Back in high school, Bryce Sheridan had two within five days. Sheridan, a former Costa Mesa High and Orange Coast College attendee, had the stars aligned during his senior year as a Mustang in 2002, sinking two hole-in-ones within a span of less than a week. One would think Sheridan would have stuck to the game in its true form.
NEWS
By: Dave Thorpe | September 14, 2005
Out of the 25 girls in the Costa Mesa High girls golf program, 18 have never touched a golf club before. So first-year coach Tom Baldwin, who is serving as the head girls golf coach for the first time after being the school's football coach last year, has his work cut out for him. Baldwin enlisted former coach and old friend John Clurry as his assistant. "I don't expect to win it all, but I don't expect to come in last," said Clury. Clury met Baldwin when he was 10 years old and played football for him at Santa Ana Valley High.
NEWS
February 9, 2005
Rick Devereux Jay Johnson has been named the Costa Mesa High varsity football coach. Johnson has been a football coach for 14 years, most recently as the head coach at Fairmont Prep in the San Joaquin League for the past two years where he guided the Huskies to a 5-14 record. "He has a good football background," assistant principal Kirk Bauermeister said. "But even more important is we were impressed with his character and the type of person he is."
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