Miami Northwestern is hoping a familiar face from its coaching past can get its football program back to an elite level.
The Bulls hired former assistant Max Edwards as its new head coach Friday three weeks after opening the position for hiring.
Edwards coached at Northwestern from 1998 to 2004 under Billy Rolle and later Roland Smith, whom he now coached with the past five seasons at Central.
Edwards, 48, has been Central’s defensive coordinator during that time and a pivotal part of the Rockets becoming the first Miami-Dade County team to win four state titles in a five-year span and the first to go to state five consecutive seasons. The Rockets, ranked No. 6 nationally by USA Today, also earned an invite to the inaugural State Champions Bowl Series Dec. 27 in Boca Raton.
Edwards’ defense posted 83 sacks and was one of the most ferocious in the nation this season. He has been a part of six state championship teams during his 22 years coaching in Dade.
During his first stint at Northwestern, Edwards was a part of the 1998 state championship team and later coached at Booker T. Washington from 2006-2009 under Tim “Ice” Harris, helping the Tornadoes win a state title in 2007. Edwards also briefly coached at Miami Jackson, his alma mater.
Edwards replaces Eddie “Rabbit” Brown, who coached the Bulls this past season, leading them to a 5-6 record and to the playoffs after a one-year absence. Brown was suspended for Northwestern’s first-round playoff loss to Hallandale. The position was opened for hiring in late November.
Edwards becomes Northwestern’s third head coach since 2011. The Bulls have made the playoffs twice in the past four seasons after a county-record run of 19 consecutive appearances from 1992-2010.