Curt Baldus
Curt  Baldus

Defensive Backs/Special Teams-Punt Return/Specialists

Alma Mater:
Gustavus Adolphus '02

Years at Coastal:


Curt Baldus Joins Coastal Carolina Football Staff

Baldus spent the last five seasons at Nebraska

Former Nebraska assistant Curt Baldus joined the Coastal Carolina football staff in February 2013 and enters his fifth season working with the defensive backs and specialists as well as coordinate punt return special team unit.

This past season., Coastal picked of 21 passes, including 13 by the defensive backs as C.J. Thompson and Kamron Summers each had four picks whiles Richie Sampson and Anthony Chesley each had two. For a second straight year, Chris Jones had a superb season as a punt returner, averaging 12.5 yards per return, while the unit averaged 15.3 yards per return thanks to Ky'Jon Tyler returning one 80 yards for a touchdown.

In 2015, kicker Ryan Granger was named first team All-Big South as he set three CCU single season records - consecutive field goals made (10), most field goals in a season (16) and best field goal percentage (.808). Overall, CCU special team flourished as the punt coverage unit ranked first in the NCAA FCS as opponents only returned one punt for zero yards, while the kickoff coverage unit ranked sixth in the NCAA FCS. Also, Jones was named second team All-Big South while setting a CCU single-season record for punt return yards.

Baldus helped Coastal Carolina lead the Big South in pass efficiency defense in 2014 while Pernell Williams was named first team All-Big South. After losing team leader Richie Sampson to injury midway through the season, Imir Sanders, who was inducted in the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society, stepped in an the unit did not skip a beat. Williams and Sanders finished among the team's top six in tackles while combining for six interceptions.

In his first year with the Chants, Richie Sampson was named second team All-Big South as he ranked third on the team and 14th in the league in tackles while tying for second in the league with three forced fumbles. He additionally ranked sixth in the league in passes defensed (0.8) and 10th in sacks (3.0). His 11 pass breakups ranked second in the league behind teammate Denzel Rice, who tied a CCU single-season record with 12, as the defense set a school record with 62 PBU.

On special teams, Niccolo Mastromatteo was named second team All-Big South for punt returns and Alex Catron was tabbed first team kicker after setting a CCU single-season record by converting 76.9 percent of his field goals. Also, Austin Cain set a CCU single-season record with a punting average of 38.2 yards.

Baldus came to Coastal Carolina after five seasons (2008-12) as a graduate assistant in his second stint with the Cornhuskers. He served as an offensive intern for the 2006 football season. In his final two seasons, Baldus was the defensive and special teams intern. He worked with the defensive line and helped Nebraska finish first in pass defense. In 2011, Nebraska had the best overall special teams in the Big Ten. From 2008-10, he was the offensive graduate assistant, working with the wide receivers, kickers and holders.

Baldus spent the 2007 season at the University at Buffalo, working with the offensive line, kickers and punters. Buffalo was Mid-American Conference East Division co-Champions and Baldus coached punter Ben Woods, who finished in the top 10 in the Ray Guy Award voting. At both Nebraska and Buffalo, Baldus was involved in scouting opponents and on-campus recruiting.

Baldus began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at St. Cloud State from 2002-04. He helped with the offense and worked with the kickers, punters and strength and conditioning. In his first season, St. Cloud was co-North Central Conference Champion.

A native of Chaska, Minn., Baldus was an all-conference quarterback at Chaska High School. He played collegiately at Gustavus Adolphus College where he played defensive back, linebacker, punter and kicker from 1998-2002. He earned all-conference honors as a kicker and Academic All-District in 2001.

Baldus graduated from Gustavus Adolphus in physical education with a degree in 2002. He received his master's degree in both physical science and sport management from St. Cloud State in 2004. He received a master's in education administration from Nebraska in 2011.

Baldus is married to the former Karoline Mathney.



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