By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Monroe-Woodbury coach Ryan Baldock is leaving the Crusaders after three years to take over Cornwall’s juggernaut program, sources have confirmed to the Section 9 Football Insider.
Pending school board approval on Monday, Baldock will replace Eric Holzapple, who led Cornwall to a perfect 12-0 season and the Class A state championship as an interim last year. Holzapple would have likely been the top candidate for the job, but decided to return to the staff as an assistant.
Baldock, who will also teach at Cornwall, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment on Friday morning. He informed his Monroe-Woodbury players of his move to Cornwall at about 7 a.m. on Friday. Baldock went 21-8 at Monroe-Woodbury with five of his losses coming to rival Newburgh, including two in Section 9 Class AA championship games. Newburgh is the five-time defending Class AA champion.
Baldock, 37, inherits a Cornwall team, which has won eight straight Class A titles and returns two of the best players in Section 9, sophomore quarterback Aidan Semo and senior running back Amin Woods. Baldock and Semo’s dad, Jason, are close friends. Cornwall will enter the 2019 season as the Class A favorite in Section 9 again.
“Coach Baldock will bring his work ethic and it will mold well with everyone here because that has already been instilled in us,” Aidan Semo said. “He will be successful because I know he will always hold us accountable which is what we are used to. We already have our plan in place, now we have the last missing piece to execute that plan.”
Prior to coaching at Monroe-Woodbury, Baldock had been a head coach for just one season (2015) at Class B Johnstown in Section 2 (Albany-area). He served as Johnstown’s special teams coordinator in 2014. Baldock served as Liberty’s defensive coordinator from 2009-13. With Baldock on staff, Liberty advanced to the Class C championship in 2009 and 2012.
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