EWU Head Coach Aaron Best saw firsthand Baldwin’s hard work and persistent attitude as he worked as an offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. He won’t bet against Baldwin, who is still Big Sky’s most recent coach to win a national title.
“You can’t argue the facts, and the point is he’s arguably the best coach of all time in the Big Sky,” Best said. “I have witnessed the greatness of what he does, the way he handles Saturdays, the wins and losses, the guys he recruited, the totality and the infrastructure he has built. It’s a crusher. He builds houses from the bottom up. He doesn’t put the roof on until it’s done. He’ll put his fingerprints on it. It will mold the sculpture.
“It might be longer than he expected, but he’s going to do great things. I hope it’s not soon, selfishly.
Baldwin is looking forward to building a program again after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach in the FBS in California. His staff has a certain EWU flavor as he signed Wulff and former EWU players Nick Edwards, Erik Meyer and JC Sherritt as assistant coaches.
Cal Poly is still chasing his first Big Sky title since 2012, when he joined the league, and was picked 12th by coaches and 13th by media in the Big Sky preseason polls. Creating a winning program won’t happen overnight, and Baldwin is excited to take on the challenge.