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Bill Edwards


Class of 2009 

Hofstra: 1990 - 2014

 

Biography:

Bill Edwards completed a run of unprecedented success as the head coach of the Hofstra Softball program after retiring following the conclusion of the 2014 season. In his 25 seasons at the helm, Edwards was the architect of a nationally prominent program. As a result of his success with the Pride, he was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 2009.

Edwards crafted a remarkable career from 1990-2014 that spanned 1,350 games, leading Hofstra to all 15 of the program’s NCAA Tournament appearances. Under his guidance, Hofstra went from a below .500 team in 1989 to a nationally respected power that captured 18 postseason conference championships, including 10 Colonial Athletic Association titles (including the first seven in the league’s history). In addition, Edwards’ squads won 22 NCAA Tournament games since 2003.

The Pride finished at least 10 games better than .500 in 23 of his 25 seasons which included 10 40-win seasons, including four straight from 2010-13. In his final season in 2014, Edwards earned career victory No. 900 and finished his NCAA run with a 928-419-3 record and a .687 winning percentage. Named an Honorary Alumnus by Hofstra in 2008, he is the winningest coach in any program of the Hofstra Department of Athletics.

Edwards was named the Regional Coach of the Year 12 times in his career. He was named the CAA’s Coach of the Year six consecutive times, winning the coaches ballot every season from 2008-13.

Edwards, a teacher in the Commack School District from 1967 through 1999, worked and coached at John F. Kennedy Junior High School, Wood Park Elementary School and Commack High School. In addition, Edwards also served as head ice hockey coach at Iona College from 1968 through 1979. At Iona, his teams posted a 174-58-14 record and captured four Metropolitan Collegiate championships. In 1989, Edwards was inducted into the Iona College Sports Hall of Fame.