Baldwin athletic director cites challenges program has had with COVID



BALDWIN -- Callistus Eziukwu has been Baldwin’s athletic director for two months, and acknowledges the impact COVID has had on the sports program has been a major challenge.

Eziukwu, along with being AD, is a student advocate. “I try to help out as much as I can wherever I can,” he said.

As for the sports program, “from what I’ve seen, COVID hurt us because it lowered our numbers a lot for girls sports,” Eziukwu said. “The boys are giving us a spark right now. They’re galvanizing the whole school and community right now. I’m excited about that.

“The gym is open now for girls athletes to come in and put in some work. On March 22, we’ll start preparing for our spring sports.”

That will be the first day for spring sports practices.

For the winter, there have been no girl varsity sports. There is varsity basketball and bowling for boys. Eziukwu said plans are for high school baseball and football, plus boys and girls track in the fall. He’s hoping for middle school track. There’s a new coach with Aaron Richards, for baseball.

“We’ll try to build off the momentum the boys basketball team is creating right now.” Eziukwu said.

He lives in Walkerville. Eziukwu played basketball at Grand Valley and professionally overseas.