Jacksonville University's head women's basketball coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin didn't have to look further than her 2014 roster to find her newest assistant coach: former captain and point guard Stephanie Edwards.
"It has always been in my vision to have a former player on my coaching staff," said McCuin. "I am happy that Steph will be joining us. She was a part of our staff when we won the conference championship, and I've watched her closely this past year at her job in Fort Myers. The advantages of having Stephanie back is she is extremely loyal, she knows the JU way, and she understands the mission of the program! I am sure the Jacksonville community will be excited to have her back."
She returned to JU after spending the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach at Florida Southwestern State College.
"I am extremely grateful and elated to be returning to my alma mater," exclaimed Edwards. "I want to thank Coach McCuin for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to return home to my Dolphin family. I'm ready to help keep the winning culture alive!"
In its inaugural season, FSW finished its year in the quarterfinal round of the FCSAA/NJCAA District VIII Championship. Edwards helped guide the team to an overall record of 20-11, and was directly responsible for player development, academics, and compiling scouting reports.
Three Buccaneers were named Southern Conference First Team and another was voted to the second team.
Prior to joining FSW, Edwards served as a two-year graduate assistant at Jacksonville where she helped the Dolphins to their first-ever ASUN Conference Championship title and NCAA Tournament berth.
She was a member of the 2014 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) 'So You Want To Be A Coach' program, and spent two seasons in uniform for the Green and White after transferring from Santa Fe College.
Transitioning into a captain and starting point guard under Coach McCuin, the Miami native was a key component in the Dolphins' success. She played her best basketball in her senior campaign while ranking amongst the best in the ASUN in both steals and assists. Edwards earned a bachelor's degree in sociology, and completed her Dolphin career with 444 points, 201 rebounds, 169 assists and 90 steals.
In May of 2016, she received a Master of Education in Leadership and Learning, with a specialty in instructional leadership and organizational development.