Former San Jose State and Cal State Northridge head coach Dave Baldwin begins his fourth season as Michigan State's offensive coordinator and tight ends coach.
In 2005, Michigan State ranked among the NCAA leaders in all four offensive categories: No. 20 in rushing offense (201.8 yards per game), No. 11 in passing offense (school-record 295.5 ypg.), No. 5 in total offense (school-record 497.3 ypg.) and No. 18 in scoring offense (33.8 points per game). The Spartans finished second in the Big Ten in passing offense and total offense while ranking third in rushing offense and fourth in scoring offense. Michigan State's per game averages for passing offense (No. 10) and total offense (No. 4) rank among the Top 10 season totals in Big Ten history.
All told, the 2005 Spartans produced top 10 single-season totals in six different offensive categories, including first downs (No. 1: 284), total yards per game (No. 1: 497.3 ypg.), total offense (No. 2: 5,470 total yards), passing yards (No. 3: 3,250), total points (No. 4: 372) and scoring average (No. 5: 33.8 ppg.).
In 2005, Drew Stanton became 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. Stanton completed 236-of-354 throws (.667) for 3,077 yards and a school-record 22 touchdowns. He ranked second in the Big Ten and No. 10 in the NCAA in passing efficiency with his 153.4 rating.
A key to Stanton's throwing success in 2005 was his ability to utilize all of the weapons at his disposal in Michigan State's spread offense. Five Spartans had at least 28 receptions, including Jerramy Scott (49 for 722), Matt Trannon (40 for 573), Kyle Brown (36 for 546 yards), Kerry Reed (31 for 438) and Terry Love (28 for 430). All five of those receivers had at least two touchdown grabs. Michigan State ranked as the only NCAA I-A team to have five players with at least 400 receiving yards each.
The Spartans amassed a school-record 705 total yards in a 61-14 victory over Illinois in the 2005 Big Ten opener, breaking the previous single-game mark of 698 against Purdue in 1971. The 705 total yards also marked the third-best single-game figure for a league game in Big Ten history. The 61 points marked the Spartans' highest total since scoring 76 against Northwestern in 1989. In addition, MSU tied the Big Ten single-game record with seven TD passes.
In 2004, Michigan State's offense thrived under Stanton as Baldwin tweaked the spread package to take full advantage of the first-year starter's running ability. The Spartans led the Big Ten and ranked No. 10 in the NCAA in total offense (460.0 yards per game) while piling up a school single-season record 5,520 total yards. In addition, Michigan State finished second in the Big Ten and No. 10 nationally in rushing, averaging 238.5 yards per game. In Big Ten play, the Spartans rushed for a league-best 265.8 yards per game. Michigan State featured a well-balanced ground attack, with four players gaining more than 600 yards including Stanton. The 2,862 rushing yards in 2004 mark the sixth-best single-season total in Spartan history.
In its 2004 preseason publication, The Sporting News ranked the 51-year-old Baldwin as the Big Ten's top offensive coordinator.
As tight ends coach, Baldwin also was instrumental in the development of Jason Randall, who earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the league coaches in 2004.
In 2003, Baldwin earned national recognition for how quickly he helped Smoker grasp the spread offense. Smoker, a second-team All-Big Ten selection, led the league in passing (261.2 ypg.) and total offense (252.2 ypg.). His 302 pass completions, 488 pass attempts and 3,395 passing yards all represent the top single-season totals in Spartan history.
Michigan State amassed a school single-season record 3,510 passing yards in 2003. The Spartans also produced 363 total points and 4,776 total yards - the fifth- and sixth-best single-season figures in Spartan history, respectively. Another key to Michigan State's remarkable turnaround was the offense's ability to take care of the football. The Spartans committed just 18 turnovers - the Big Ten's fourth-lowest total (No. 15 in the NCAA). In 2003, Michigan State played five complete games without committing a turnover, including a streak of four straight contests (Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota).
Baldwin came to Michigan State following one season at Baylor where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Kevin Steele. In 2002, senior wide receiver Reggie Newhouse, a second-team All-Big 12 selection, set Baylor single-season records for receptions (75) and receiving yards (1,140). Newhouse also ranked among the NCAA leaders in catches (No. 18 at 6.25 per game) and receiving yards (No. 18 at 95.0 per game).
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 (269.8 yards per game), third in total offense (416.3 yards), third in scoring offense (29.1 points) and fourth in rushing offense (146.5 yards). The Bearcats also were listed among the national leaders in passing offense (No. 25), total offense (No. 36) and scoring offense (No. 36). Baldwin coached 2001 C-USA Freshman of the Year Gino Guidugli, who finished second in the league in passing (257.3 yards) and third in passing efficiency (137.5 rating). Cincinnati's 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 (.400), including three straight wins over Stanford (1998-2000).
In 2000, San Jose State produced a 7-5 worksheet - its best mark in eight years - including victories over Stanford (40-27) and ninth-ranked Texas Christian (27-24) that ended the nation's longest winning streak at 12 games. The Spartans ranked among the NCAA leaders in every offensive category in 2000, finishing No. 26 in rushing offense (189.1 yards per game), No. 26 in total offense (417.3 yards), No. 30 in scoring offense (31.2 points) and No. 40 in passing offense (228.3 yards). San Jose State's offense also featured the nation's fourth-leading rusher in Deonce Whitaker, who averaged 157.7 yards per game.
His 1999 San Jose State team knocked off Rose Bowl-bound Stanford, 44-39. The Spartans again finished among the national leaders in passing offense in 1999, ranking No. 30 at 249.0 yards per game.
San Jose State opened the 1998 season with a 35-23 victory at Stanford - its first win over a Pac-10 opponent in eight years.
His 1997 Spartan squad produced a 4-7 record overall, including a 4-4 mark in Western Athletic Conference play. It marked the first time in four years that the Spartans had reached the .500 mark in league games. In 1997, San Jose State also posted its first win over a ranked opponent since 1990, upsetting No. 24 Air Force, 25-22.
Prior to taking over the San Jose State head coaching position, Baldwin posted a 9-12 record (.429) in two seasons at Cal State Northridge (1995-96). In 1996, he guided Cal State Northridge to a 7-4 mark - the school's first winning season in four years at the NCAA I-AA level.
Baldwin produced a 31-21 record (.596) 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 (.561) 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 helping the Vaqueros to 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 San Jose State, 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 1980s.
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.
He began his coaching career in 1978 as an assistant coach at Granada Hills (Calif.) High School.
Baldwin earned his bachelor's degree in physical education, health and recreation from Cal State Northridge in 1978. He received a master's degree in physical education administration from St. Mary's College (Calif.) in 1986.
Married to the former Kathleen Keiley, Baldwin and his wife are the parents of three children: Sean (27), Ryan (22) and Keiley (19). Kathleen is a special education instructor at East Lansing High School.
THE BALDWIN FILE
YEARS AT MICHIGAN STATE: Fourth. Joined staff on Dec. 30, 2002, from Baylor.
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: College -- Graduate assistant coach at Cal State Northridge (1979); wide receivers coach at San Jose State (1981-84); wide receivers coach at Stanford (1985-88); head coach at Santa Barbara City College (1990-93); head coach at Santa Rosa College (1994); head coach at Cal State Northridge (1995-96); head coach at San Jose State (1997-2000); offensive coordinator at Cincinnati (2001); offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Baylor (2002).
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in physical education, health and recreation from Cal State Northridge in 1978; master's degree in physical education administration from St. Mary's College (Calif.) in 1986.
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College -- Three-year letterman as a wide receiver at Cal State Northridge (1976-79).
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Coach -- 1981 California Raisin Bowl, 1986 Gator Bowl, 1991 Potato Bowl, 1994 Lions Bowl, 2001 Motor City Bowl, 2003 Alamo Bowl.