Sid Edwards announced he is returning as head football coach at Central High on Monday.

Edwards, who spent the past two years as the school system’s athletic director, told Central players he would be the Wildcats head coach for a second time during an afternoon meeting held at the school.

“The decision to step away from coaching two years ago was excruciating,” Edwards said. “The decision to come back was an easy one.”

Edwards replaces one of his former assistants, Doug Dotson, who resigned earlier this month to become head coach at Erath High. Dotson coached the Wildcats the past two seasons.

Edwards compiled a 30-7 record in three seasons as head coach at Central, leading the Wildcats to semifinal and quarterfinal playoff berths in his final two seasons. Edwards said he will also retain the athletic director’s duties.

Before coming to Central, Edwards built his alma mater, Redemptorist, to a state power, leading the Wolves to one state runner-up finish and two state titles, one in Class 3A and one in 4A.

Edwards has a career record of 109-43 and also had one-year stints as head coach at Menard-Alexandria and Jesuit-New Orleans.