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Monroe’s Central Academy names second head football coach in three weeks

For the second time in less than a month, Central Academy High School in Monroe is announcing a new head football coach.

In late May, the school named Tony Byrum its new coach. Byrum was an assistant at the school for two years under departing head coach Shane Griffin. But Byrum had some conflicts arise, according to Union County Schools’ officials, and wouldn’t be able to fill the roll, and the school reopened its search.

Central’s new head coach is now Jeff Edwards, a former defensive coordinator at nearby Sun Valley High School. Edwards has also coached defense at West Lincoln, South Stanly and Fairmount. At Central Academy, Edwards will teach weightlifting in the physical education department.

“I am humbled and blessed to be named the head football coach at” Central Academy, he said in a statement. “It is a place where students can receive a first class education and athletic experience. In addition, the administration, athletic department and faculty are second to none. I am ready to begin a new chapter in Cougar Football.”

Central Academy was 1-10 last season and lost its final nine games. Since opening in 2007, the school has never had a winning season. Its best year came under coach Tad Baucom in 2011, when the Cougars finished 5-7.

This season, Central Academy will face Garinger High on Sept. 8. Garinger has lost 52 straight games and not won since Oct. 21, 2011, when it beat Harding 16-14. Garinger has hired a new coach, former West Mecklenburg coach Jeff Caldwell, to try to turn the program around.

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