Coach Profile: Winnetonka's Sterling Edwards 6/27

Sterling Edwards

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: June 27, 2011 - 3:53 PM

After spending 13 years as an assistant coach Sterling Edwards got to lead a program of his own in 2010. The first-year head coach had some ups and downs but was able to lead the Griffins to some improvement as the season went on.

Winnetonka would finish the year 3-7 but in those three wins were victories over Raytown and Oak Park before entering a tough district that featured Park Hill South and Fort Osage. Even though the wins were hard to come by, Edwards really enjoyed his first year with the Griffins.

“We didn’t win as many games last year as we wanted to,” Edwards said. “There is a little bit of something going on about Winnetonka and we are trying to build something where year in, year out we are competitive.”

Edwards coaching roots are strong. He played high school football at Excelsior Springs in the early 1990s before going to Missouri and then finally the University of Central Missouri.

Right after college he got a teaching and coaching position at his old high school under head coach Jeff Rich. After eight years with the Tigers he moved on to Blue Springs where he was a part of the staff led by Kelly Donohoe that took the Wildcats to the 2009 Class 6 title game.

“Obviously Coach Donohoe was a huge influence on me and my coaching career and then Jeff Rich when I was Excelsior,” Edwards said. “I’ve been pretty fortunate the two head coaches I’ve worked for were really great guys to coach for. They treated the kids right and treated coaches right. I’ve learned a lot about football.”

Edwards has taken a lot from his experiences and hopes his players will become better football players and people when they leave his program.

“Our goal is to get kids to reach their potential in everything, first in football and then in life,” Edwards said. “We want this to be a great experience for kids. When they graduate high school we want them to think high school football is a great experience.

“Our goal is to treat kids right. We coach loud but we hug them in the end and we want to win a whole bunch of football games in the process.”

Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach him send e-mail to