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Dave Baldwin is entering his third season as Utah State's offensive coordinator, mentoring the Aggie offense to a school-record 5,272 yards of total offense in 2009.
Baldwin also coached USU quarterback Diondre Borel, who finished his USU career as the Aggies' record holder for single-season total offense (3,343 yards, 2009), single-season rushing yards by a QB (632 in 2008) and career rushing yards for a QB (1,362 yards, 2007-10), as well as fewest INT thrown (four in 2009). Borel also ended No. 2 on USU's career total offense list with 8,096 yards as well as No. 2 on USU's career passing list with 6,698 yards. With 1,398 career rushing yards, Borel ended his Aggie career at the No. 15 spot on USU's career rushing list and also moved up to tie for the No. 8 spot on the Aggies' career rushing TD list with 18 career scores. Borel also moved up to No. 21 on the Western Athletic Conference career total offense list.
Under Baldwin, the 2009 USU offense ranked fourth in the WAC and 12th in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with 439.3 ypg. The Aggies also were third in the WAC and 20th in FBS in rushing offense (192.6 ypg).
In addition to Borel, Baldwin also guided second-team all-WAC running back Robert Turbin's school-record single-season 18 total TD's and 110 total points in 2009, on the way to his 1,296 rushing yards to become the first Aggie running back to reach the 1,000-yard plateau since 2001.
Baldwin will be taking over control of USU's tight ends in addition to his offensive coordinator duties, after coaching quarterbacks in 2010 and wide receivers in 2009.
"Dave has been a Division I offensive coordinator for 10 years and has 11 years of head coaching experience," Andersen said. "He always finds a way to get the best out of his offensive personnel. Coaching against him while I was defensive coordinator at Utah was a major task. His running of the spread offense is one of the best in the country. Dave's extensive coaching background, especially his head coaching experiences, is a tremendous asset to me as a head coach."
Baldwin came to Utah State from New Mexico, where he spent two seasons as offensive coordinator for the Lobos.
"I'm extremely excited to be able to coach along side Gary Andersen," Baldwin said. "I had coached against him for two years, and I have tremendous respect and appreciation for him as a coach and as a person. I'm excited about the magnificent facilities that Utah State has to offer and am exicted about continuing our success and regain Utah State's national exposure."
Baldwin was offensive coordinator at New Mexico for two seasons, after spending four years (2003-06) as offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at Michigan State. His coaching resumé includes 11 years of head coaching experience at San Jose State (1997-2000) and Cal State Northridge (1995-96) plus five years as a head coach at the junior college level.
The 2008 Baldwin-directed New Mexico offense was third in the Mountain West Conference and 16th in the NCAA in rushing at 208.3 yards per game.
In 2008, Baldwin's offense produced two all-MWC performers in second-team honorees senior running back Rodney Ferguson and junior center Erik Cook. Ferguson was second in the MWC and 24th in the NCAA in rushing with 100.5 yards per game, including a league-high 13 rushing touchdowns, ranking third in the conference in TD scoring (7.1 ppg) as well as sixth in overall scoring.
In 2007, New Mexico was one of just three FBS schools to produce a 3,000-yard passer (Donovan Porterie 3,006), a 1,000-yard rusher (Rodney Ferguson 1,177) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Marcus Smith 1,125 and Travis Brown 1,031). Smith led the MWC in receiving (seven per game) and yards (86 per game), while setting a school record with 91 receptions.
Baldwin coached seven all-MWC selections in Ferguson, Smith and Brown, as well as center Vince Natali and offensive tackle Devin Clark, who were all named first-team all-MWC in 2007.
In his first season as the Lobos' offensive coordinator, he increased their numbers in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense from 2006. Porterie finished third in the MWC in passing yards (231.2 ypg) and total offense (228.6 ypg) and was named the MVP of the New Mexico Bowl after throwing for a career-high 354 yards and two TD's to lead UNM to a 23-0 victory against Nevada in the 2007 New Mexico Bowl, marking the Lobos' first bowl win since the 1961 Aviation Bowl.
At Michigan State, Baldwin mentored Spartan QB Drew Stanton, who in 2006, was one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually since 1987 to the nation's top senior quarterback. Stanton finished his MSU career setting a school record for completion percentage (.642), and second in pass completions (543), pass attempts (846), passing yards (6,524) and total offense (8,036).
Additionally, Baldwin coached wide receiver Kerry Reed, who ranked second in the Big Ten in 2006 in receptions per game (5.33) and was fifth in receiving yards per game (64.58). Wide receiver Matt Trannon set a single-game school-record with 14 catches, and left MSU as the program's all-time receptions leader with 148 career catches.
In 2005, Michigan State ranked among the NCAA leaders in four offensive categories: No. 20 in rushing (201.8 yards per game), No. 11 in passing (school-record 295.5 ypg.), No. 5 in total offense (school-record 497.3 ypg.), and No. 18 in scoring (33.8 ppg).
In 2004, Stanton became the first QB in Spartan history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game.
Stanton completed 67 percent of his attempts for 3,077 yards and a school-record 22 touchdowns in 2003, becoming just the second quarterback in Spartan history to reach the 3,000-yard passing milestone in a season, joining Jeff Smoker who threw for 3,395 yards in 2003. He ranked second in the Big Ten and No. 10 in the NCAA in passing efficiency with a 153.4 rating.
Five Spartans had at least 28 receptions and two TDs in 2005 as Michigan State was the only NCAA I-A team to have five players with at least 400 receiving yards.
Prior to Michigan State, Baldwin spent one season at Baylor where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Kevin Steele. In 2002, senior wide receiver Reggie Newhouse earned second-team all-Big 12 honors and set Baylor single-season records for receptions (75) and receiving yards (1,140).
Baldwin spent the 2001 season as offensive coordinator at Cincinnati under Rick Minter, helping the Bearcats to a 7-5 record and a trip to the Motor City Bowl. Cincinnati ranked among the Conference USA leaders in every offensive category, finishing second in passing offense, third in total offense, third in scoring offense and fourth in rushing offense. Baldwin coached Gino Guidugli, who finished second in the league in passing and third in passing efficiency, earning 2001 C-USA Freshman of the Year accolades. The Bearcat offense also produced C-USA's leading receiver in LaDaris Vann, who caught 6.64 passes per game.
Baldwin previously served as head coach and offensive play-caller at San Jose State for four years (1997-2000), where he compiled an 18-27 record, including three straight wins against Stanford (1998-2000).
In 2000, San Jose State beat Stanford as well as ninth-ranked TCU to end the nation's longest winning streak at 12 games. The Spartans featured the nation's fourth-leading rusher in Deonce Whitaker, who averaged 157.7 yards.
Baldwin's 1999 San Jose State team knocked off Rose Bowl-bound Stanford, 44-39. The Spartans again finished among the national leaders in passing offense, ranking No. 30 at 249.0 yards per game. SJSU opened the 1998 season with a 35-23 victory at Stanford - its first win over a Pac-10 opponent in eight years.
In 1997, San Jose State posted its first win over a ranked opponent since 1990, upsetting No. 24 Air Force, 25-22.
Prior to taking over the head coaching duties at San Jose State, Baldwin posted a 9-12 record in two seasons at Cal State Northridge (1995-96). In 1996, he guided Northridge to a 7-4 mark - the school's first winning season in four years.
Baldwin produced a 31-21 record in five years as a head coach at the junior college level. In 1994, he led Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College to an 8-3 ledger, including a trip to the Lions Bowl. He went 23-18 in four seasons at Santa Barbara City College (1990-93). In 1991, Baldwin earned California Community College Region III Coach of the Year honors after a 9-2 record and a berth in the Potato Bowl.
He spent 10 years as an assistant coach under Jack Elway, first as a graduate assistant at Cal State Northridge in 1979 and then as receivers coach at San Jose State for four years (1981-84) and Stanford for four seasons (1985-88). While coaching at SJSU, he also worked alongside offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dennis Erickson. In 1988, Baldwin became the Cardinal passing game coordinator.
The 1986 Stanford team finished 8-4 and earned a trip to the Gator Bowl. It marked the only postseason appearance for the Cardinal in the 1980's. During his four-year stint as an assistant at San Jose State, the Spartans produced three winning seasons, including the 1981 Pacific Coast Athletic Association championship and a berth in the California Raisin Bowl. Baldwin also tutored four Spartan receivers that went on to play in the National Football League: Mark Nichols, Stacey Bailey, Mervyn Fernandez and Tim Kearse.
Baldwin began his coaching career in 1978 as an assistant coach at Granada Hills (Calif.) High School.
In 1978, Baldwin earned his bachelor's degree in physical education, health and recreation from Cal State Northridge. He was a three-year letterman for the Matadors at wide receiver from 1976-79. In 1986, he received a master's degree in physical education administration from St. Mary's College (Calif.).
Baldwin is married to the former Kathleen Keiley, and they have three children, Sean and his wife Lindsi, who were married on June, 7, 2008, along with son Ryan and daughter Keiley. Ryan is currently in the USU Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. The youngest Baldwin child, Keiley, graduated in spring of 2011 and is working for KTVX ABC 4 TV in Salt Lake City.