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Less than a month after Jamestown High Athletic Director Don Samuels announced his retirement from the position he has held for five years, the school has hired his successor.
Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools approved Kenneth Edwards as the new athletic director at high school during a work session Tuesday.
Edwards will take over as the Eagles’ athletic director in July.
“I am very humbled and grateful to be named athletic director at Jamestown High School,” Edwards said. “My family and I are looking forward to joining the outstanding community that makes up Jamestown High School, as well as becoming a part of Eagles athletics.”
Edwards said he was attracted to Jamestown High due to the school’s academic reputation and athletic success across multiple sports.
After interviewing for the position, Edwards said he knew Jamestown is where he wanted to be.
“When a position like Jamestown opens up, it causes you to really take notice,” he said. “Once I interviewed, I realized that this was the school at which I wanted to work.”
Edwards began coaching varsity basketball in 1992 as the head coach at Frank W. Cox High. In 2003, Edwards accepted the same position at Princess Anne High. Four years later, Edwards took his third head coaching gig at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High.
After spending 17 years coaching high school basketball, Edwards made the jump up to the collegiate ranks, becoming an assistant women’s basketball coach for Division III Virginia Wesleyan College.
After coaching at Virginia Wesleyan for one season, Edwards took an assistant women’s coaching position at Division I Norfolk State University, which he held for four seasons before leaving to become the head basketball coach at Grassfield High in 2013.
Edwards said his extensive coaching background has helped prepare him for this position, learning from other athletic directors at the high school and collegiate levels.
As an athletic director, Edwards hopes to be a mentor to both students and coaches. At the end of the day, his main goal is help Jamestown’s athletic department continue trending in a positive direction.