There were coaches who interviewed for the False River Academy football job who had a lot more experience than Matthew Edwards.
Apparently, none made a better impression.
Edwards was hired Thursday as the District 5-1A school’s new football coach. Friday was his first official day on the job.
Edwards, 28, replaces Brad Bass, who left FRA last month to become the new head baseball coach at Catholic High in Baton Rouge.
“He came across as very energetic and positive and really wanted the opportunity to be a head coach,” said Tara Shamsie, False River Academy’s athletic director and softball coach.
“He said all the right things in the interview, and we feel he will do a real good job. He’s willing to learn and better himself and do what it takes to be a good coach.”
Edwards goes to FRA after serving on the Central High football staff as assistant defensive line coach and freshman football defensive coordinator. He also taught classes at Central Middle School.
Edwards is the cousin of Central athletic director and long-time prep football coach Sid Edwards.
“It’s been a whirlwind,” Matthew Edwards said of his hiring. “It was essentially a one-day process. I applied and interviewed the very next day. They went through some other interviews and called me to come back in as one of the finalists. I was excited just to get to that point.
“I met with them again, and I came out on the great end of everything.”
Edwards said he will meet with his players Wednesday for the first time then put his own spin on their ongoing summer conditioning program with some extra conditioning work.
As for his coaching philosophy, Edwards said: “I believe winning is a byproduct of a coach taking care of his kids. You take care of the kids and everything tends to work itself out.”
Edwards also will serve as assistant baseball coach.