ADRIAN, Mich. – Charlie Edwards has been hired as the ninth head men's soccer coach at Adrian College effective immediately. Edwards comes to Adrian College after working as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I institution Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Edwards had been with the Falcons since March 2011. He saw the team compile a record of 21-24-12 over the past three seasons including a 6-7-6 mark during the 2013 season. The Falcons fielded a very strong defensive team with the help of Edwards allowing 0.89 goals per game. The team's highlighted match was a tie against 14th-ranked University of Michigan. The team also was given for the fourth straight year a NSCAA All-Academic Award for having a team grade-point average over 3.0. In addition, Brandon Silva was also named an Academic All-American.
"Adrian College is extremely excited to have Charlie Edwards take over the men's soccer program," said athletic director Michael Duffy. "Charlie has a solid background in collegiate soccer and has mentored many outstanding student-athletes. His passion is evident when you hear him speak about the game of soccer. He is ready to move our program forward and bring in additional quality people that will give Adrian College a shot at doing great things."
Edwards has extensive experience working as a goalkeeper coach and helped develop and implement a training program for an excellent corps that included Michael Wiest, a Major League Soccer prospect, who recorded eight shutouts in the 2013 season. The 2012 season saw the Falcons post eight wins against a tough schedule. BGSU's 8-9-3 overall mark represented the team's most wins and highest winning percentage since 2003. The Brown and Orange posted two wins and a tie against teams that advanced to the NCAA Championships.
The 2011 season saw the Falcons post a 7-8-3 record. The seven wins included a season-opening victory over ninth-ranked Michigan before a crowd of over 2,100 at Cochrane Field. The team's defense posted a total of seven shutouts on the year, the program's most in a decade. Edwards arrived at BGSU from the University of Dayton. He spent the 2010 season as a volunteer assistant on the Flyers' staff. He worked primarily with the goalkeepers for head coach Dennis Currier. Edwards helped with administrative duties and travel arrangements and also helped to plan camps and manage the recruit database. In the fall of 2010, Dayton's keeper, Tyler Picard, was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Conference Second Team. Picard had eight complete-match shutouts and a goals-against average of just 0.79.
Edwards worked at the University of Central Florida prior to heading to Dayton. While at UCF, he worked with the team's five keepers, helping to plan and conduct goalkeeping sessions and performed various administrative duties for the program. A 2008 graduate of the University of Louisville, Edwards was a two-year starter for the Cardinals. He was a member of the 2007 team that advanced to the semifinal round of the Big East Tournament and the second round of the NCAA Championships. A native of Lilburn, Ga., he was a member of the conference's Commissioner's honor roll in both 2006 and 2007. Edwards earned in the spring of 2008 a bachelor's degree in sport administration. He currently holds a USSF National "D" coaching license including a NSCAA Goalkeeping I, II and III Diploma. He also is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the United States Soccer Federation.
"I would first like to thank Dr. Docking and Mr. Duffy for the opportunity to move into this exciting new role at Adrian College," said Edwards. "I am eager to build a successful men's soccer program here, and I feel we have all the tools necessary to do so. I knew when I first got on campus that Adrian College is a special place with a lot to offer both athletically and academically. It is a dream come true to be a part of such a fine athletic department."