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Tom Baldwin served as the football coach at Costa Mesa, Santa Ana Valley and Santa Ana. (File photo / Orange County Register)

Longtime football coach Tom Baldwin dies

STAFF WRITER

Former Santa Ana and Costa Mesa high school football coach Tom Baldwin has died. He was 85.

Santa Ana athletic director Brian Lillie reported by email that Baldwin died on March 21 from complications related to Parkinson’s Disease.

Baldwin was Santa Ana's football coach from 1965-73. Among the players Baldwin coached there was Isaac Curtis, who went on to have a long career in the NFL as a receiver.

Curtis played running back on Baldwin’s best team, the Santa Ana 1967 team that went 12-1 with the only loss to Anaheim in the CIF-Southern Section Division AAAA championship game. That was the first CIF-SS football championship game played at Anaheim Stadium.

He coached Santa Ana Valley’s football team from 1981-83 and Costa Mesa from 1984-91. Baldwin resumed coaching Costa Mesa for one season, 2004.

Baldwin served as a coach and teacher for 49 years in Orange County.

A memorial service is being planned. Baldwin will be inducted in to the Santa Ana High School Hall of Fame on Sept. 1.


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