BALDWIN — Boys basketball practices started this week at Baldwin with one notable person missing from the scene.

A head varsity coach.

Athletic director Scott Pedigo said earlier this week Bob Watkins was serving as the interim boys coach. No further information was provide. Pedigo had been coach the past two seasons, but assumed the order of athletic director over the summer.

Watkins, who was varsity football coach, has indicated he’s offering his services as a coach in whatever capacity the district decides.

It was not known when a new coach would be named. The season starts at home on Nov. 27 against Chippewas Hills in a nonleague clash.

The 20-game schedule includes 18 contests in the 10-team West Michigan D League. The Panthers will be playing home-and-home games with Bear Lake, Brethren, Crossroads Charter Academy, Marion, Mesick, Mason County Eastern, Manistee Catholic Central, Pentwater and Walkerville.

Boys basketball practices, which start a full three weeks prior to the first game, are a week earlier this season while girls don’t start their practices until next week, which is seven days slater than usual.

The MHSAA made the switch to accommodate its postseason schedule and insure the availability of the state finals at Michigan State’s Breslin Center.

As a result, Baldwin’s boys have seven games prior to the Christmas break as compared to five for the girls. Those numbers had generally been reversed in previous seasons.