Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Edwards Is Choice to Be New AD at JU; Former NFL Safety Leaving Newberry College for First Coast

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Edwards Is Choice to Be New AD at JU; Former NFL Safety Leaving Newberry College for First Coast

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Byline: Jeff Elliott

Former NFL safety Brad Edwards will be introduced at a news conference Wednesday as athletic director at Jacksonville University.

Edwards has served as athletic director at Newberry (S.C.) College since 2009. He replaces Alan Verlander, who was JU's athletic director from 2005 until April, when he left to become executive director of sports and entertainment for the city of Jacksonville.

Edwards was one of five interviewed for the job. The others were David Roach, athletic director at Colgate; Adam Brick, senior associate athletic director of external relations at George Mason; Mark Ingram, senior associate athletic director for development at Tennessee; and Joel Lamp, senior associate athletic director at JU. Lamp served as interim athletic director since April. Brick withdrew his name shortly after his interview.

The committee endorsed Edwards and sent that recommendation to JU president Kerry Romesburg, who made the final decision.

Emails and calls to Edwards at Newberry College were not returned.

Edwards, 46, was responsible for a Newberry program that had more 560 student-athletes competing in 16 NCAA Division II sports.

Edwards' first administrative position in college athletics was in 1999 when he returned to his alma mater, South Carolina, to serve as director of development in the Gamecocks' athletic department. He advanced to the position of senior associate athletic director before he left in 2006.

Edwards then spent three years with IMI Resort Holdings in Greenville, S.C., where he had administrative duties with sales executives and sales managers on real estate properties across North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

A former administrator at South Carolina who worked with Edwards said the former Gamecocks defensive back was a popular figure in the community. …

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