Newberry College Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Brad Edwards will be leaving the Wolves den to become the athletics director at Jacksonville University.
Jacksonville University plans to make the official announcement about hiring Edwards today, according to reports out of Jacksonville, Fla.
Edwards came to Newberry College in May of 2009 to oversee the operations of the athletic department.
In addition to overseeing the 560 student-athletes playing 17 sports and cheerleading, he was on on the college’s executive leadership team.
Edwards served as vice chair of the NCAA Division II Football national committee and he is a board member for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics representing the South Atlantic Conference.
“During the 2010-11 academic year, Edwards took on the added responsibility of overseeing the restructuring of the Department of Institutional Advancement consisting of all the College’s external affairs in the areas of fund raising and development, alumni affairs, marketing, branding, public relations, communications and media relations. During this time, total giving to the college experienced a 92 percent increase over the same period from the previous year,” according to the Newberry College website.
In 1999, Edwards went to work for the University of South Carolina Athletics Department in the position of director of development and later became the senior associate athletics director and CFO.
Edwards earned his bachelor’s of science in business management from the University of South Carolina and was a standout athlete for the Gamecock football team, earning second team All-American honors after the 1987 season.
He then went on to play free safety in the NFL for nine seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons.
Edwards was a defensive co-captain and runner-up MVP on the Redskins Super Bowl XXVI team and was a USA Today All-Pro selection.
He also has been inducted into the S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame.
No one connected with Newberry College could be reached by press time to comment about Edwards’ departure.