SGSC Hawks’ Head Coach: Cory Baldwin’s Bio
On July 20th 2009, Cory Baldwin was named the first Head Men’s Basketball Coach of Waycross College. The Waycross campus and community have had ‘basketball fever’ ever since. Since then, Waycross College has merged with South Georgia College to become South Georgia State College. The one constant during this eight year span is the excitement in the Waycross Campus basketball arena. Entering his ninth season, the Hawks are looking to soar on the court and in the classroom.
In just eight seasons, Baldwin has led SGSC two championships, 2010-11 GCAA Tournament Champs and 2014-15 GCAA Season Champs. SGSC has won 169 games during this time, which is more than 21 wins a season. Baldwin has coached two NJCAA Academic All-Americans, four NJCAA All-Americans in his time at SGSC and has won four ‘Coach of the Year awards’ during this time. SGSC has had two GCAA Defensive Player of the Year winners, two GCAA Player of the Year, Two GABCA Player of the Year Winners, and 29 All-GABCA/All-GCAA Academic Team Award Winners. But most importantly has had 89% graduation in his 8 years at SGSC and the last three seasons it has been 96%, with 22/23 guys graduating with their associate degree. SGSC has also had 62 of 62 student-athletes who played their full sophomore season move on to play four-year college basketball. The last three seasons have been extra successful with 74 wins. Baldwin reached his 200th win as a NJCAA Head Coach in just 10 seasons in 2015-16, which means he has averaged 20 wins a season as a NJCAA head coach. And in the last five seasons SGSC has the 2nd most wins overall and 2nd most conference wins in the GCAA.
Before SGSC/Waycross College, Baldwin served as the head coach of the Cartersville Warriors in the World Basketball Association. Baldwin led the Warriors to a 10-4 record. He also led the Warriors to a conference best in field goal percentage defense and fewest points allowed. The Warriors were the only team in the WBA to defeat the conference champions, the Buford Magic.
The three previous college basketball seasons, Baldwin served as the head coach at Truett-McConnell College. He compiled the third best record in the GJCAA during that time, which included a trip to the GJCAA semifinals each year. TMC was one of only two teams during that time to make the semi-finals each year (Georgia Perimeter College being the other).
Prior to his work at Truett-McConnell, Baldwin served as Assistant Basketball Coach at Clayton State University for seven years. During those years, Baldwin was a part of many Clayton State firsts. His last five years were the most successful the program has ever seen, averaging 20-plus wins. During his coaching tenure at Clayton, Baldwin coached 17 players who have gone on to play professionally overseas. Before being an assistant coach at Clayton State University, Baldwin was a student at CSU. While attending Clayton State he played on the basketball team, were he was team captain his senior season for the first ever Clayton State Team to be National Ranked in NCAA competition. Baldwin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Clayton State in 2000 and earned a Master’s degree in Instructional Education from Central Michigan University in 2001. A career learner, Baldwin is has taken some courses in Kinesiology Masters’ program at Georgia Southern University.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities at SGSC, Baldwin is the Academic Support Specialist in the Academic Success Center. Baldwin has previously been an Instructor. Baldwin has taught various physical education courses, health, and SGSC1000: College Orientation & Success. Teaching is not uncommon for Baldwin, who taught physical education, humanities and served as an academic advisor while at Clayton State University and Truett-McConnell College. Baldwin is highly regarded not only by his players and students, but also by his peers. This was displayed recently when he was nominated by the Dean of Academic Affairs and as a result, selected by the faculty to act as Faculty Marshall in the Spring 2012 Commencement exercises.
A native of Jonesboro, Georgia; Baldwin and his wife, Amanda, have been married for 13 years, and Have two beautiful children (Logan, 5, and Jerrie Marie, 11) while residing here in Waycross.