Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Former Southern Nash football coach inducted into Chowan Hall of Fame

Lawrence Edwards, a Nash County resident who at one time was head football coach at Big East schools Southern Nash and Wilson Hunt, was recently inducted into the Chowan University Sports Hall of Fame.

Edwards, a native of Spring Hope, was a star on the football field for Chowan from 1965-67. The 1967 All-Conference defensive lineman and team MVP also served as the vice president of the Chowan sophomore class. His play on the football gridiron took him to Temple University, where he was a letter winner for two years, 1968-1969.

He made such an impression on the Temple coaching staff that he stayed on for the 1969 season to serve as a graduate assistant coach. He earned his B.S. from Temple in 1969 and was hired by Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Richmond, Va. as a teacher.

While in Richmond, he continued with his football career playing at the semi-professional level for the Richmond Saints.

He returned to his native North Carolina in 1971 where he wound up coaching for the rest of his career. His coaching stops included Andrew High School and Rock Ridge High School (lost 1-A 1977 finals to Robbinsville) before going to Hunt and Southern.

Edwards, who was Hunt's first football coach (10-1 in 1978) and was at Southern in 1981 (2-8), also had two sons who had solid careers for the Firebirds in the mid 90s - and both played collegiately at the Air Force Academy.

I saw him recently and he looks great. Congrats, Lawrence!

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