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Baldwin named Coach of the Year

Led Eagles to co-Big Sky title

After directing the Eastern Washington University football team to a 9-2 record and its sixth Big Sky Conference title in school history, head coach Beau Baldwin has been selected as the league’s co-Coach of the Year in a vote of the Big Sky’s fellow head coaches.

He shares the award with Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh.

Baldwin is the fourth coach in school history to win the award. His predecessor, Paul Wulff, won in 2001, 2004 and 2005. Current Idaho State head coach Mike Kramer won in 1997 and Dick Zornes was Eastern’s first in 1992. The Eagles won league titles and advanced to the playoffs in all of those years except for 2001.

Eastern, the NCAA Division I Champion in 2010 with Baldwin at the helm, enters the 2012 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs with a 9-2 record. The Eagles received the No. 2 seed in the championship and will play either Wagner or Colgate on Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. Pacific time at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

“It’s a very well-deserved honor for both coach Baldwin and his staff,” said Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves. “This award is not only about this season, but about what he and his staff have been able to do for the past five years.”



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