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May 27—Georgia Southwestern State University athletic director Mike Leeder hired Kerry Edwards to be the Hurricanes’ next head women’s soccer coach, the school announced Wednesday.

Edwards comes to Georgia Southwestern from NCAA Division I member Northwestern State University, where she served as an assistant coach on the women’s soccer staff this past year.

“We are very excited to add Kerry to the Hurricane athletics family,” Leeder said. “With her experience as a decorated player as a goalkeeper in NCAA Division II at Dallas Baptist as well as her early success in the NCAA as an assistant coach, we feel like she will elevate the profile of the women’s soccer program at GSW.”

Edwards’ primary responsibilities at Northwestern State included scouting opponents, analyzing and breaking down game film along with consulting about practice planning and tactical development.

The McKinney, Texas, native began her collegiate coaching career at Southwest Oklahoma State University in 2015. The Bulldogs boasted 11 shutouts as a team and had a 1.19 GAA, while going 13-6-1 overall and 8-3-1 in the Great American Conference, which placed them third in the league standings.

Edwards spent the 2016 season at the University of North Alabama as a graduate assistant prior to taking a position as an assistant coach with the University of South Alabama in 2017.

She returned to North Alabama for the 2018 season, continued to coach the goalkeepers and was elevated to a full-time assistant coach in 2019.

“Kerry has extensive recruiting ties through the Southeast gained during her time as an assistant at Northwestern State, South Alabama and North Alabama,” Leeder said. “We had record finishes by five of our 10 athletic programs this year, and we are confident that we have the right person to make women’s soccer relevant in the highly competitive Peach Belt Conference.”

Edwards played her college soccer at Dallas Baptist University, where she led DBU to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2011. She finished her career second in the Division II record books with 51 career shutouts, and third with over 8,018 minutes in goal. She was named All-Heartland Conference and All-South Central Region in each of her four seasons, and was a two-time NCCAA All-American, as well.

“First and foremost I would like to thank President (Dr. Neal) Weaver and Athletic Director Leeder for the opportunity to guide the program and make Americus my home,” Edwards said. “I’m excited for the what the future of GSW women’s soccer holds, and I look forward to the challenge of the Peach Belt Conference.”