If you ask any 7th grader what they want to be when they grow up, most of them will quickly tell you they dont know. But to Steve Edwards, the 7th grade is where he made his career decision. A decision that he has proudly stuck with.
He said, “In the the 7th grade, I found out you could make a living coaching through my junior high coaches. I decided then, coaching was I wanted to do. The rest of my education was geared toward my preparation for that.”
After he graduated from White Hall High School in 1965, he attended Henderson State University where he earned a degree in 1969. His first job out of college was at Rison High School for the 1969-1970 school year.
“I was hired as the assistant football coach and head-of-everything else. But it was only a two man coaching staff, and we did it all,” he said.
In 1982, he was hired at White Hall High School as the head basketball coach.
Steve said, “It was always a dream of mine to come back to White Hall. My ideal job was head basketball coach and assistant football coach, and I ended up doing that. Since then, I have coached baseball, track, and golf, and I have enjoyed everyone of them.”
When ask if he liked coaching or teaching better, he said, “Its the same thing, just a different subject matter. Coaching is teaching. The main difference is the teachers in the classroom are under more scrutiny with test scores, where coaches have always been under scrutiny on their win-loss record.”
After 44 years of teaching and coaching, coach Edwards turned his whistle over in 2011. But the school called and asked him to come back to work part-time and he couldn’t turn his back on the profession he so loves. He returned and now is the the coach for girls track, girls golf, and is the assist boys basketball coach.
Reflecting back on his career, he said, “going to the 1987 state championship football game was a big highlight.”
He also said he will always remember coaching his son, Keith, in his senior year in the 1991-1992 school year, and the success they had in football and basketball. He said, “This year was a highlight year for the whole school, I feel really proud of the football team did as well as they did, along with the baseball team and the softball team. It was a good year to be a Bulldog.”
Coach Edwards has been married to Randa Edwards for 44 years, and quickly adds, “I married up.”
He has three children, Leslie Edwards Rasor, Keith Edwards, and Lindsay Edwards Smart and six grand kids.