Football Names Two New Assistant Coaches

Aug. 8, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has hired veteran high school coach Charles Edwards as the Dolphins' new receivers coach, while former Jackson High assistant Matt Elliott has been named quarterbacks coach, head coach Steve Gilbert announced today.

Edwards, who will also coordinate the Dolphin special teams, comes to JU from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, where he has served as the head coach of the middle school since 1997 and still remains the Bulldogs' athletic director. He posted a 19-5 record in four seasons as head coach, including a perfect 6-0 mark in 1999 when he led Bolles to the Southern Division Championship. Prior to becoming head coach in 1997, Edwards was the defensive cordinator for the Bolles varsity team from 1985-97, helping lead the Bulldogs to five state championships: 1986, 1990, 1993, 1995 and 1997.

"We're excited about what Charles brings to our program," said Gilbert, who is preparing the Dolphins for their inaugural season in the Pioneer Football League. "He is a great leader with more than 15 years of coaching experience who has experienced a lot winning over the years." Edwards began his career as an assistant coach at Bolles in 1981 following a stellar four-year playing career at Vanderbilt University. The Jacksonville native earned his B.S. in special education from Vanderbilt in 1981, and earned his M.A. in organizational management from the University of Phoenix in Jacksonville in 2001.

Elliott joins the Dolphin staff after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, where he worked with the quarterbacks, receivers, running backs and tight ends. He helped lead the Tigers to a 10-2 mark and the district championship in 2000. This followed a successful 1999 campaign in which Jackson went 7-3 and finished as the district runner-up. Elliott began his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach at Consolidated High School in Madison, Ind., in 1997 following a four-year playing career at Hanover College (Ind.).

The Dolphins, who are preparing for their fourth season of competition, will open practice on Monday, August 13.