ONE OF THEIR OWN
LEDGER – Isaac Edwards is the new head coach of Mitchell High’s junior varsity football team.
Edwards, 22, graduated from Mitchell in 2012 and spent two years at Mars Hill University before transferring to Appalachian State. He is set to graduate with a multidisciplinary history degree in December.
Edwards plans to use his degree to teach. He worked as a substitute teacher this past spring at Mitchell.
Edwards was a kicker for Mitchell’s varsity football team as a junior and senior. He played junior varsity football as a freshman.
The Mountaineers went 12-2 and won a pair of playoff games during Edwards’ senior year.
Edwards racked up a school record 113 points in his two varsity seasons, setting school records for field goal percentage and the most touchbacks on kickoffs.
“We had small numbers on that team,” Edwards said. “We weren’t very big. It was very special because we had been together our entire football careers. We just came up a little short. We had weapons all over the field. It was a special team to be a part of.”
Edwards played football at Mars Hill for two seasons. He started every game at long-snapper as a redshirt freshman.
After transferring, Edwards made Appalachian State’s football team as a backup long-snapper. The team won the Camellia Bowl over Ohio during his first year of eligibility in 2015.
“It was an incredible experience,” Edwards about playing at Appalachian State.
Edwards moved back to Mitchell County this past spring and has commuted to Boone for his classes.
When Edwards returned home, he got good news from head varsity football coach Travise Pitman.
“I started going to the school to work out and Coach Pitman asked me to help his team in the weight room when spring practice started,” Edwards said. “One of my passions is being in the weight room. That’s something I really enjoy.”
After Edwards spent some time helping in the weight room, more positions became available.
“Once the season got closer, coach asked if I wanted to coach special teams for him,” Edwards said. “That transitioned into us talking about the junior varsity job and he asked if it was something I’d be interested in.”
Edwards takes over a Mountaineers team that this past season went 5-5 overall and 4-2 in conference play. The team closed the season by winning four of its last five games.
“Working with those young guys is something I really enjoy,” Edwards said. “It’s an incredible opportunity for me. It’s an opportunity to develop my skills as a coach. It’s a really exciting chance.”
Edwards said his experience playing at Mitchell makes him a perfect fit for the job.
“Mitchell County is such a unique area and there is a unique type of football here,” Edwards said. “I have that experience and I understand what a small community it is and how much good football means to this community. It gives me an edge knowing what it takes to win in this area. I know what the players will need at the varsity level.
“Having played here and understanding what the role football has here is huge.”