Coaching Candidate: Making the Case for Beau Baldwin

Submitted by markusr2007 on September 29th, 2014 at 10:13 PM

OK, so who the hell is this guy?

Indeed 46 years later, "Beau Who?" might be once again an appropriate headline for the 2015 head football coach of the University of Michigan.  At least I think so.

I submit to you that any new head football coach search for Michigan must include youth, energy and proven record of success.  Beau Baldwin is one of the most successful college football coaches in the country right now.

Title: Head Coach

Team: Eastern Washington

Conference: Big Sky

Record: 56-22 at EWU, 66-25 career

Played QB at Central Washington 1991-1993

Coaching Career:

1994–2002      Central Washington (QB Coach)
2003–2006      Eastern Washington (OC & QB Coach)
2007                  Central Washington (HC)

2008–present  Eastern Washington (HC)


Influencers:   John Zamberlin, Paul Wulff, Greg Olson (OC for Oakland Raiders & QB coach of Drew Brees while at Purdue)

QBs Coached: Jon Kitna, Mike Reilly, Bo Levi Mitchell, Erik Meyer (Walter Payton Award winner), Vernon Adams


Defeated No. 25 Oregon State (Mike Riley) in Corvallis, August 2013 (EWU as FCS school).

Scared the shit out of Washington 52-59 in Seattle, September 6, 2014.

Offensive Philsophy:

“The idea is to tempo people and to get on people and to stay on people. But the whole philosophy of that no-huddle is to keep the defense off balance. And from there it’s nice to be able to spread people out and that’s always been my philosophy,” he added. “But you have to be balanced. You have to have the threat of both and I think that goes for any sport. To be a championship-caliber offense, you have to be balanced.”


-No Mid-West ties

-No FBS head coaching experience, just NCAA division II and FCS/Division I.

-Unfamiliar with the B1G

-Too west-centric. Completely unknown in the mid-west

- He doesn't have a wandering eye. Loves EWU. Loves the brand of football at the division II/I level. Says he's very happy where he's at.


- Strong, proven quarterback coaching skills and experience. High performance, numerous accolades won by QB players.

- Creative offensive coordinator, seasoned

- Strong HC performance over 7 years: 66 wins, 5 tournament appearances, 1 championship game. Never had a losing season. 3 time Big Sky coach of the year.

- Players love him.

- Strong confidence, determination, drive to make EWU nationally relevant program



Those who have watched the coach say he always seems so confident, so calm and so sure Eastern will slay any Goliath who gets in its way. Despite their No. 4 ranking in the FCS poll, that’s really what the Eagles were that evening in Corvallis, Ore. — a David with a coach named Beau Baldwin who calmly stalks sidelines with a disguised fearlessness he infuses into every coach and player he surrounds himself with.

“I think they just buy into that mindset, that attitude,” Baldwin said. “You have to live it, that’s what I’ll say. It’s one thing to say it in a team meeting, but as long as they see that you truly believe it then there’s no reason not to believe it. That’s when great things happen.”

Added Mario Brown, a fifth-year running back Baldwin recruited from Oakland, Calif., “It definitely carries over to the team. We’re a representation of who he is.”

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Central Washington Wildcats (Great Northwest Athletic Conference) (2007)
2007 Central Washington 10–3 6–2 3rd L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
Central Washington: 10–3 6–2  
Eastern Washington Eagles (Big Sky Conference) (2008–present)
2008 Eastern Washington 6–5 5–3 T–3rd  
2009 Eastern Washington 8–4 6–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division I First Round
2010 Eastern Washington 13–2 7–1 T–1st W NCAA Division I Championship
2011 Eastern Washington 6–5 5–3 T–3rd  
2012 Eastern Washington 11–3 7–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I Semifinal
2013 Eastern Washington 12–3 8–0 1st L NCAA Division I Semifinal
Eastern Washington: 56–22 38–10  
Total: 66–25  



Brewers Yost

September 30th, 2014 at 12:51 AM ^

I had a not so awesome quad post for Beau Baldwin in an earlier thread. Another Pro is that he is only 42. IMO if we can't get a Harbaugh or one of the other unlikely candidates we have to gamble on getting the next great coach like Baldwin or Stitt.

Blue Durham

September 30th, 2014 at 7:41 AM ^

He certainly would warrant consideration from a mid-level BCS program. Given the state of the program and what is available, Michigan should probably give him a look, too. But a lot of these west coast guys often just don't want to move out of the region.

You might want to change your tag "Eastern Michigan" to "Eastern Washington"


September 30th, 2014 at 10:25 AM ^

...are top notch.

What he lacks in experience he makes up for in results.

Can't believe people are more interested in Stitt, who while at a lesser program has had much less success than Baldwin and is much older.

Baldwin isn't as innovative in terms of his approach to Xs and Os but he is a player development specialist, especially at QB.

Yes, please.