Featured / Sports / The Prairie Fire / January 14, 2015

Edwards leaves his mark on Knox

Head Coach Matt Edwards, highly regarded across the Athletic Department, is leaving Knox men’s soccer for the same job at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Edwards was able to guide the Prairie Fire from a one-win season when he took over in 2012 to a pair of appearances in the Midwest Conference Tournament, including a conference title and a franchise-record 15 wins in 2014.

“I think the best way to describe this experience [at Knox] is that I jumped out of a plane two years ago, but I was more nervous telling them that I was leaving the program,” Edwards said.

Head Coach Matt Edwards and Assistant Coach Clint Moore chat on the sideline. Moore is the most obvious candidate to replace Edwards, despite having his contract run out in June. (Photo by Peter Bailley, courtesy Office of Communications)

Head Coach Matt Edwards and Assistant Coach Clint Moore chat on the sideline. Moore is the most obvious candidate to replace Edwards, despite having his contract run out in June. (Photo by Peter Bailley, courtesy Office of Communications)

Still, Edwards believes the team continues to move forward despite his departure.

“I think the program right now is in a great state,” Edwards said. “And it’s so much more about winning and losing soccer games. Our alumni base is re-energized, engaged and excited about the program. The culture within our team is strong, and new leaders will emerge.”

Edwards met with the team last week to give them advanced notice of his intentions so that they wouldn’t find out online.

“Leaving this group of players is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Edwards said. “I have recruited every single one of those 20 boys, so I know more about them than I care to.”

“I thank them from the bottom of my heart,” Edwards said.

Edwards will take over duties at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Feb 1, where he will join a school that has won 24 conference championships, including one as recently as 2013.

Knox will be conducting a national search to fill Edwards’ position, though perhaps the most obvious solution would be to look at Assistant Coach Clint Moore, Edwards’ right-hand man since the onset of the 2013 season. While Moore’s contract ends in June, he was present while Edwards recruited, was with him on the sidelines and has four years of starting experience from his undergraduate days at Knox.

Edwards’ best memories of the team revolve around the closeness of the team, which he says is one of the most diverse in the nation.

“Moments like when  [sophomore] Terence Lau’s parents come from Shanghai and cook for the team in my house are ones I won’t forget,” Edwards said. “They’re a shining light to the rest of the world, just because you have differences of opinion or background doesn’t mean that you can’t do something great.”

Gavin Crowell
Gavin Crowell is a senior psychology major with minors in neuroscience and journalism. He has been writing and editing for TKS since his freshman year. He has won three ICPA awards: 1st Place Sports News Story, 2nd Place Sports Feature Story and 3rd Place Sports Page Layout. During the summer after his sophomore year, Gavin had an internship with the Chicago Sun-Times, covering teams such as the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks and Fire. Following graduation, he intends to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Julian Boireau
Julian Boireau is a senior majoring in international relations and minoring in French. This is his fourth year working for TKS, having served as co-news editor during his sophomore and junior years. He has been involved in journalism for seven years, serving as opinions editor of the newspaper and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine at Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, California. In September 2012, Julian received press credentials to attend the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, where he reported on remarks by President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He is also the recipient of back-to-back first place awards from the Illinois College Press Association for front page layout.

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Gavin Crowell
Gavin Crowell is a senior psychology major with minors in neuroscience and journalism. He has been writing and editing for TKS since his freshman year. He has won three ICPA awards: 1st Place Sports News Story, 2nd Place Sports Feature Story and 3rd Place Sports Page Layout. During the summer after his sophomore year, Gavin had an internship with the Chicago Sun-Times, covering teams such as the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks and Fire. Following graduation, he intends to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.




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