Head Coach Cory Baldwin Resigns
Following the completion of Truett-McConnell College men’s basketball season, head coach Cory Baldwin has announced that he is leaving Truett-McConnell to pursue other coaching opportunities.
During his three seasons, Baldwin and his teams have made noteworthy accomplishments on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Baldwin guided TMC to three straight GJCAA semi-finals and posted a record of 53-39 over a three-year period. During the three years, the TMC Bears averaged better than 17 wins per season. After the current recruiting season is over, Coach Baldwin expects that Truett-McConnell will have 15-17 players signed to play at Division I, Division II or NAIA colleges.
Coach Baldwin has been very interested in getting his student-athletes out into the community and helping to bring the local area residents to the TMC campus. He operated a basketball camp called Baldwin’s Ballers each summer, bringing an average of 50 high school and middle school teams from around the state onto the TMC campus, as well as approximately 100 youngsters from the local community who attended his camps each year.
The men’s basketball players under Baldwin’s leadership were involved in reading programs in elementary schools throughout the White County school system. At the end of the current academic year, eight men’s basketball student-athletes will have graduated with degrees from Truett-McConnell during Baldwin’s tenure as head coach.
“I am obviously saddened to be leaving Truett-McConnell, but the school and I are heading in different directions with the four-year move. I think now is the best time for me to pursue other options in coaching. My wife, Amanda, and I have met some great people here in my three years and cherish the lifelong friendships that we have made. We have been very fortunate as a team to have such great support from the Truett family and the community. We are very blessed to have had the opportunity to serve in this community, and our faith is strengthened daily as to what lies ahead for our family and Truett-McConnell,” Coach Baldwin said of his resignation.
In a statement from the Truett-McConnell president, Dr. Emir F. Caner said: “Coach Baldwin’s accomplishments, both on and off the court, are to be highly commended. He is a phenomenal basketball coach whose character is one of a servant of Christ. Although Coach Baldwin will be missed here at Truett-McConnell College, we know that he will be an incredible asset to another institution in the very near future. He goes with our blessings and our prayers.”