Richard Baldwin (1991-96)
Induction Class of 2006
A native of Olean, N.Y., Dick Baldwin coached men's basketball at Binghamton from 1991-96, capping a remarkable 45-year coaching career that began with 40 years at nearby Broome Community College.
After surpassing Adolph Rupp to become the nation's all-time wins leader at any level with his 876th career victory, Baldwin retired from BCC in 1987. Five years later at age 70, he took over a struggling BU program and brought instant respect, community support and national media attention.
In his first year in 1991-92, Baldwin's team rattled off a school-record 14 consecutive victories, captured the program's first-ever SUNYAC East Division title, won a school-record 19 games and defeated conference power Potsdam for the first time in 16 years. The campus and community were buzzing about the rejuvinated basketball program, and BU played in front of boisterous West Gym crowds on a nightly basis.
In 1992-93, his team repeated as divisional champions, won 19 games and advanced to the SUNYAC Championship game for the first time in school history. In front of a capacity West Gym crowd, BU came within three points of earning an NCAA tournament berth. The team did receive an invitation to the ECAC Championship the program's first bid in seven years.
The highlight season was in 1993-94, when Baldwin's Colonials went 23-7, captured their third consecutive divisional title and advanced to both the SUNYAC and ECAC Championship games.
In 45 years, Baldwin's final numbers are staggering 961 victories, a win percentage of 74% and 1,302 consecutive games coached.
Baldwin's contributions at Binghamton stretch well beyond the victories and accolades. The school's newfound basketball success under Baldwin and the groundswell of community interest served as the foundation for the University's historic and seamless move to Division I athletics.
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