In his 38 years on the sidelines, Gary Edwards has coached on all NCAA levels: Division I, Division II, and Division III. Going into the 2016-2017 basketball season his career record stands at 529-393 and his teams have won numerous championships and awards.
The Virginia Beach, Virginia, native began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Virginia Wesleyan College. After earning his master’s degree at Old Dominion University he moved on to Hofstra University as an assistant coach. It was there he started writing columns for the school newspaper.
His first head coaching job was at Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, North Carolina. The Bulldogs had suffered through 19 straight losing seasons, but after one rebuilding year Edwards led the team to consecutive 25 win seasons and back-to-back appearances in the NAIA national tournament in Kansas City.
His success in Wilson led to an offer to become the youngest Division I coach in the country at Baptist College (now Charleston Southern University). Edwards won two Big South Conference Coach-of-the-Year awards during his nine years there, and his Buccaneers won the 1995 Big South Championship.
In 1996, Edwards moved to Indiana University of Pennsylvania and became one of the winningest Division II coaches in the country. His teams averaged over 20 wins a season for 10 years and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 2002. The Indians (now Crimson Hawks) won Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference titles in 2000, 2002, and 2004 and Eastern Regional championships in 2000 and 2002.
While in Pennsylvania, Edwards began writing a weekly column for the Indiana Gazette. He continued writing weekly columns the Florence Morning News when he moved back to South Carolina to take over the coaching reigns at Francis Marion University.
Edwards is married (Corinne) and has two adult children: Grady, a teacher and coach at Green Sea Floyds High School in South Carolina, and Casey, an attorney in Charleston. He is also the proud Papa of Holly Golightly, an unemployed Yorkshire Terrier.
Evrick Gary is the second leading scorer in Francis Marion. A native of Camden, South Carolina, Evrick lead the Patriots to 3 post season appearances. After spending time in the Developmental League with the Utah Jazz, Evrick is currently preparing for his upcoming professional season in Cyprus. The epitome of a student-athlete, Evrick also holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Business from Francis Marion University.