After 28 years of training and teaching at Goose Creek High School, Tim Baldwin is moving on.
Baldwin made the Goose Creek women’s basketball program a state powerhouse, winning nearly 450 games and four state championships. His teams have contested six state titles and won 14 regional championships, including a streak of 17 straight 20-win seasons.
Baldwin opted to file his retirement papers earlier this year, deciding that 28 years of teaching special education was enough. Like many before him at various schools in the area and state, Baldwin hoped to be rehired on a limited basis as a teacher, which would give him the opportunity to continue coaching. That didn’t happen as Goose Creek management elected to hire Jabari Deas as their new coach last week.
“It’s unfortunate and I’m disappointed, but I’m moving on,” said Baldwin, who also graduated from Goose Creek High. “They wanted a change and I’m okay with that. I had a good race. I coached great players and I was able to coach where we had great support. I had great assistant coaches and together we built something. The school wanted a full-time teacher to be the head coach.
Although Baldwin harbors no bitterness, he admits he was “more than a little disappointed” with how things ultimately turned out. Baldwin was not told by anyone at school of his decision to go in another direction. He learned it late Friday afternoon from a friend who read it on social media.
“I’m disappointed nobody told me Friday at school,” Baldwin said. “I never had the opportunity to bring my team in and tell them. I was there all day and no one said a word. That bothers me. Not being able to tell my team before it’s announced doesn’t sit well with me. I thought maybe I deserved this opportunity.
Baldwin said he has received several calls about training opportunities and has a plan in place to continue coaching the sport he loves.
“I will coach again, to some extent, that’s for sure,” Baldwin said. “I still want to coach and I have a plan to move forward. I’m not looking back. My eyes are on the future.”
In addition to Goose Creek, several other schools in the area are in the process of changing basketball coaches. Wando Boys’ coach Chris Warzynski announced on May 9 that he was quitting to accept a position at Pendleton High School in upstate. Warzynski has been at Wando as an assistant and head coach for 15 seasons.
Berkeley and Burke are also looking for head coaches for men’s basketball.
Baseball, softball playoffs
The last four Lower State baseball brackets have been set with first-round games on May 12. The brackets consist of four teams in each ranking in a double elimination format. In the AAAAA class, the bottom four Lower State teams are Lexington, Chapin, Summerville and Berkeley. The Lower State AAAA class bracket includes James Island, Hartsville, Airport and Beaufort.
In class AAA, Hanahan and Oceanside Collegiate are joined by Brookland-Cayce and Gilbert. Woodland and Philip Simmons are two of the bottom four in Class AA, along with Andrew Jackson and Buford.
In softball, the district championships will be decided on May 11. Local teams involved in championship games include Cane Bay, Summerville, Wando and Berkeley in class AAAAA and Hanahan in class AAA.