Prep Football: Coach Sid Says Best Wins Don’t Always Come on Friday Nights

Prep Football: Coach Sid Says Best Wins Don’t Always Come on Friday Nights

CENTRAL — Central High head football coach Sid Edwards was honored recently as a Louisiana Sports Legend, the only high school coach ever to receive the honor.  Two years ago, he was named Louisiana’s 5A Coach of the Year.  Ironically, this is a coach who rarely talks about football — even to his players.  He talks to them about things like character, hard work, God, home, family, and service to the community.

The Central Wildcats have won the 4-5A District Championship for four straight years and gone deep into the playoffs.  But when Coach Sid speaks to his players it is about what it takes to become a man.  He says without apology, “Our job is to help build men who will be great husbands and fathers — men who will be a blessing to our community and our nation.”

Central football players are required to be part of a group Coach Sid calls Men for Others.  Throughout the year but especially in the summer, Central football players are found picking up trash on Central’s roads or painting an elderly person’s house or doing any other job that needs doing.

Coach Sid coached at Catholic High, Redemptorist, and Jesuit before coming to Central.  At Redemptorist, he coached the Wolves to State Championships in both football and basketball in the same year — a unique feat in Louisiana coaching annals.

`Having grown up in North Baton Rouge, Coach Sid has a passion for the handicapped and those in need.

He and his wife Beanie, who also teaches in the Central school system, have four children.  Two of them suffer from autism and require constant care and supervision.  Their son Jack Ryan is especially challenging, and the Edwards household is usually chaotic.  There is no time to rest and little time to sleep.

“Every day, I get up determined to win a State Championship — not some time in the future but today.  You can win State every day by the lives you touch, especially the young men entrusted to you.  Your best victories won’t always come on Friday night!”

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