Coon Rapids hires Mal Edwards as new head football coach

Sports Reporter
Sam is the sports reporter for ABC Newspapers, covering high school, junior college and community sports in the area. He joined the staff in October 2016.

Coon Rapids High School announced last week the hiring of Mal Edwards as its new head football coach. 

Mal Edwards was named the new head football coach at Coon Rapids last week. (Submitted photo)
Mal Edwards was named the new head football coach at Coon Rapids last week. (Submitted photo)

Edwards brings plenty of experience of coaching Minnesota high school football, beginning in 1997 as the head coach at Edison High School in Minneapolis, where he won five conference titles.

He’s since made assistant coaching stops at Northwestern College, Armstrong High School, Maple Grove and most recently at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, where he won a Class 4A state title in 2016.

Edwards told ABC Newspapers he wanted to look at another opportunity after winning the state championship and pursue another avenue as far as working with a different group of players. Former Cardinals head coach Greg Malling was in the process of bringing Edwards on as the new defensive coordinator.

When Malling accepted a head coaching position in Wisconsin, Edwards decided to apply for opening.

“It’s all about who you’re working with,” Edwards said. “For me, it seemed like there was already a solid staff in place and the program had a solid direction. It wasn’t something that I went for and was sitting there and thinking about that I got to be the head guy. It was I wanted to be a part of the program and then when the opportunity came up, I felt that it was really good move for myself.”

The Cardinals haven’t won a game since 2014 and have gone 0-9 the last two seasons, a challenge Edwards is looking forward to.

“One of the big things that I bring is the love for the game,” he said. “But it’s a genuine love. The kids and coaches will really see from me that I really care about this. I really like to simplify things and become great at a few things, instead of good or OK at a lot of things. Our plan is to become great at a few things. And then that will spread and that will open things up down the line. This is what I’ve done every place I’ve been. It’s been pretty successful, regardless of which teams I’ve been with. They start to play faster and with more confidence.”

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