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Tab Baldwin
American basketball player-coach

Tab Baldwin

Tab Baldwin
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Intro American basketball player-coach
Is Sports coach Basketball coach Athlete Basketball player
From United States of America New Zealand
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 16 May 1958, Jacksonville, USA
Age 65 years
Star sign Taurus
University of Notre Dame
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit  
Sports Teams
Philippines men's national basketball team
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Thomas Anthony "Tab" Baldwin ONZM (born 16 May 1958) is an American-New Zealand basketball coach who currently serves as the head of the Gilas Pilipinas Youth national basketball program and the head coach of the Ateneo de Manila University varsity basketball team in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). Baldwin also served as the consultant of Philippine Basketball Association club team TNT Katropa.

Coaching career

New Zealand

Baldwin was born in Jacksonville, Florida and came from Jacksonville Beach to New Zealand in 1988 to coach the Otago Nuggets.

He was promoted with them from the second division to the NBL and then joined the Auckland Stars in 1994. In eight seasons with Auckland, he won five NBL titles (1995, 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000), and was named NBL Coach of the Year four times (1995, 97, 99 and 2014).

He remains the most victorious coach in the history of the New Zealand NBL. Baldwin's involvement continued with the Stars as a co-owner for another eight years after he left as coach.

In 2001, he took the reins of the New Zealand national team. By winning the 2001 FIBA Oceania championship, the Tall Blacks — as New Zealand are known — qualified for the 2002 FIBA World Championship, and even reached the semi-finals; this is the best performance by an Oceania team in the history of the World Championships. Baldwin was appointed an Honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2003 New Year Honours, for services to basketball. For his achievements as coach of the New Zealand team, Baldwin was awarded the coach of the year at the Halberg awards — New Zealand's premier sports awards — for both 2001 and 2002.

Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan

Baldwin has coached Banvitspor in Turkey, PAOK Thessaloniki B.C. in Greece and U Mobitelco Cluj in Romania.

On 16 April 2010, he was appointed as Lebanon national basketball team head coach., and on 15 August 2010 Lebanon won the FIBA Asia Stanković Cup 2010 with Baldwin as head coach.

In June 2011, Baldwin was hired to coach the Jordanian national basketball team.

Philippines and Ateneo Blue Eagles

On 23 December 2014, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas formally announced the appointment of Baldwin as head coach of the Philippine men's national team (2015-2019), replacing Chot Reyes. Baldwin's four-year tenure as coach officially began on 1 January 2015.

On 7 December 2015, Ateneo de Manila University formally announced the hiring of Baldwin as the head coach of its collegiate men's varsity basketball team. He will be coaching the Blue Eagles in between the 2016 Olympics men's basketball qualifying tournament and the qualifying rounds for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. After the UAAP season, he will be concentrating on the national team. A few days later, the Ateneo management reconsidered its decision to place Baldwin as the team's head coach following an objection by the Basketball Coaches of the Philippines, instead he will be appointed as the collegiate team's consultant.

On 18 October 2016, SBP executive director Sonny Barrios announced that Chot Reyes will return as head coach of Gilas while Baldwin will stay with the national team as the team's consultant, the same coaching setup the national team had during its historic 2013 FIBA Asia Championship and 2014 FIBA World Cup runs.

On 3 December 2017, Baldwin led the Ateneo Blue Eagles to their 9th UAAP basketball championship against the De La Salle Green Archers.

Baldwin won 2 more championships with Ateneo. In 2019, he coached the Blue Eagles to a 14-0 sweep of the elimination round of Season 82 of the UAAP basketball tournament, with an average winning margin of 17.4 points per game. On 20 November, Ateneo completed the season sweep and won their third consecutive title with Baldwin by defeating the UST Growling Tigers, 86-79.


  • League Coaching Career:
    • Auburn Montgomery - NCAA Division II, 1983–86
    • UCF - NCAA Division I, 1986–88
    • Otago Nuggets - NBL, 1988–90
    • Auckland Stars - NBL, 1994–2001
    • Perak Red Eagles - MNBL, 1996-1997
    • Banvitspor - TBL, 2004–06
    • PAOK Thessaloniki B.C. - A1, 2007–08
    • U Mobitelco Cluj -Divizia A, Dec 2007 - Jun 2009
    • Kepez Belediyesi S.K. - TBL, Sep 2009-Dec 2009
    • Sagesse Beirut - Lebanese Basketball League, 2010–12
    • Fujian Xunxing (China, 2012–13)
    • Hawke's Bay Hawks (New Zealand, 2013)
  • International Coaching Career:
    • Head coach of New Zealand national basketball team (2001–06)
    • Head coach of Malaysia national basketball team (1996)
    • Head coach of Lebanon national basketball team (2010–2011)
    • Head coach of Jordanian national basketball team (2011–2012)
    • Head coach of Philippines men's national basketball team (2015–2016)
  • Other Basketball Ventures:
    • Team Consultant of Philippines men's national basketball team (2013-2014, 2016–present)
    • Team Consultant of Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters - PBA (2014–2016)
    • Team Consultant of Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles - UAAP (2016)
    • Head coach of Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles - UAAP (2016–present)
    • Head of the Gilas Pilipinas Youth national basketball program

Personal life

Baldwin is married to Efthymia, originally from Greece. Efi is the owner-operator of a touring business, Definitely Greece, with tours of Greece and the Greek islands. Baldwin, his wife and two of their children currently reside in Manila. Baldwin is committed to reside in the Philippines at least until 2019.

Coaching record

Collegiate record

Season Team Eliminations Playoffs
W L PCT Finish PG W L PCT Results
2016 AdMU 10 4 .714 2nd 4 1 3 .250 Won over FEU in the Semifinals, Lost to La Salle in the Finals
2017 AdMU 13 1 .929 1st 5 3 2 .600 Won over FEU in the Semifinals, Won over La Salle in the Finals
2018 AdMU 12 2 .857 1st 3 3 0 1.000 Won over FEU in the Semifinals, Won over UP in the Finals
2019 AdMU 14 0 1.000 1st 2 2 0 1.000 Won over UST in the Finals
Totals 49 7 .875 14 9 5 .643 3 championships
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