Tab Baldwin

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Tab Baldwin
Head coach
Personal information
Born (1958-05-16) May 16, 1958 (age 56)
Jacksonville, Florida
Nationality American / New Zealand
Coaching career 1988–present
Career history
As coach:
1996 Malaysia
2001–2006 New Zealand
2010–2011 Lebanon
2011 Club Sportif Sagesse
2011–2012 Jordan
2013–present Philippines

Thomas Anthony "Tab" Baldwin, ONZM (born 16 May 1958) is an American-New Zealand basketball coach.


Baldwin was born in Jacksonville, Florida and came from Jacksonville Beach to New Zealand in 1988 to coach the Otago Nuggets.[1]

He was promoted with them from the second division to the NBL and then joined the Auckland Stars in 1994.[2] 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 made an Honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours 2003, for services to basketball.[3] 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.[4][5]

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

In 16 April 2010, he was appointed as Lebanon national basketball team head coach.,[6] and in 15 August 2010 Lebanon won the FIBA Asia Stanković Cup 2010 with Baldwin as head coach.[7]

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

On December 23, 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.[8] Baldwin's 4-year tenure as coach officially begun in January 1, 2015.[9]

Other information[edit]


  1. ^ Jessup, Peter (9 February 2001). "Basketball: Double change on the bench". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Jessup, Peter (23 August 2000). "Basketball: Rewards sweet for coach Baldwin". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "The New Zealand New Year Honours 2003". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2002. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Halberg awards: Rowing twins share triumph". New Zealand Herald. 1 March 2002. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Thomson, Ainsley (20 February 2002). "Tall Blacks slam dunk at the Halbergs". Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "LIB – Lebanon appoint Tab Baldwin as coach". 
  7. ^ "LIB/JPN - Lebanon lead from start to finish for their maiden Men’s title". 
  8. ^ Beltran, Nelson (23 December 2014). "Tab Baldwin eyes FIBA Asia gold, Rio Olympics stint for Gilas". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Bracher, Jane (29 December 2014). "Baldwin observes PH has ‘deeper’ basketball talent pool". Rappler. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
Preceded by
Don Tricker
New Zealand's Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Ruth Aitken