Emotional Baldwin steps down as Goshen coach

In his first season as coach at Goshen High School, Brent Baldwin led the Redskins to the sectional championship.

He is well-liked in the Goshen community. Athletic Director Larry Kissinger calls him a man of true integrity.

But now the growing relationship has come to an end. Baldwin informed his players today that he is stepping down as the team's head coach.

Baldwin says his meeting with his players was very emotional. The reasons for leaving are heartbreaking.

Baldwin simply could not be separated from his wife and two kids any longer.

For the past year, the Baldwins have been trying to sell their home in Muncie, but have been unsuccessful.

Brent told me today that they tried everything, including re-financing but the market is horrible and everything he and his wife tried did not work.

So while Brent was in Goshen, his wife and kids remained in Muncie. Every Friday night, Elizabeth would pack everything up and drive to Michiana just in time for the game.

Then she and the kids would return to Muncie by the end of the weekend. The process continued for all 12 weeks.

Elizabeth also has a full-time job to worry about, not to mention taking care of two kids and keeping a house in order for potential buyers.

Brent called his wife a saint. After all, from July to November, Brent never made it back home.

Since the season has ended, Brent would leave following school on Wednesday, then wake up extremely early Thursday morning and drive back for school that day.

He would also go home for the weekend.

Baldwin says leaving the kids at Goshen is such a hard decision.

He's been asking himself for months why all of this has happened the way it has and why things just couldn't work out.

Baldwin was a standout quarterback at Penn High School in 1991. He played college football at Ball State.

His step-dad is Elkhart Memorial coach Phil Teegarden. The two faced each other on August 31st this season with Teegarden picking up the win.

Kissinger says Baldwin handled the situation with class and constantly kept the administration up to speed with what was happening.

Kissinger says the school hopes to fill the head coaching opening internally. If they cannot, they will open up the job to everyone.

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