JONESBORO — Arkansas State head football coach Butch Jones announced Thursday that Curt Baldus has been named the Red Wolves’ special teams coordinator.
Baldus comes to ASU after spending the 2020 season as a special teams analyst at Florida State, but his coaching experience also includes stops at Coastal Carolina (2013-19), Nebraska (2006, 2008-12), Buffalo (2007) and St. Cloud State (2002-04). The 19-year coaching veteran has tutored six All-Americans, five NFL Draft selections, six additional NFL players and three national award semifinalists.
The announcement filled a position that had been open since Steve Hauser left the coaching staff in May to accept a position outside football.
“Curt Baldus brings a wealth of experience to our staff, not only in terms of his ability to direct, teach and provide the motivation necessary to play championship-level special teams, but also in recruiting, knowledge of the Sun Belt Conference and the expertise to assist on the defensive side of the ball,” Jones said in an ASU press release.
During Baldus’ seven-year span working with special teams and defensive backs at Coastal Carolina, the Chanticleers won 56 games, made three consecutive NCAA playoff appearances and won back-to-back Big South championships before joining the Sun Belt Conference.
He personally worked with nine all-conference selections, and his athletes broke program records for longest field goal, most field goals made in a season, highest single-season field goal percentage, highest season punting average and longest punt.
Working as special teams coordinator in 2019, Baldus’ final season at Coastal Carolina before joining the Florida State staff, the Chanticleers improved from 78th to 21st nationally in ESPN’s special teams efficiency ratings and ranked sixth nationally with a Sun Belt-best average of 15.2 yards per punt return.
Baldus spent six seasons at Nebraska in an offensive quality control position in 2006 before serving as a graduate assistant from 2008-12, working with wide receivers from 2008-10 and defensive line and special teams from 2011-12.
During his time with the Cornhuskers, the program collected four division titles and played in six bowl games.
In 2007, Baldus coached at Buffalo, working with the offensive line, kickers and punters. The Bulls shared the Mid-American Conference East Division championship that season, claiming their first division title in program history.
Baldus began his career as a graduate assistant on offense at St. Cloud State from 2002-04. He played defensive back, linebacker, punter and kicker at Gustavus Adolphus College.