Bill Edwards was a
three-sport standout who garnered five varsity letters at
New Brighton High School. It was in his hometown where
Bill's love of sports, pursuit of knowledge, and dedication
to community were forged.
Bill quarterbacked the
Lions' football team, played basketball, and was a pitcher
and outfielder on the first baseball team fielded by his
alma mater. His athletic talent helped him earn a full ride
to Geneva College, where he played all three of those
At Geneva College, Bill
was twice named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Small
College Tri-State 1st Team in football. He earned a total of
11 varsity letters while playing for the Covies, one shy of
a perfect dozen only because he took a season off due to a
family health issue.
Bill's passion for
sports continued during his 35-year career in public
education, both in the classroom and in administration.
During his tenure, Bill served as principal at New Brighton
High School for 17 years. He began coaching the Lions as an
assistant in both basketball and football, and after seven
seasons became head basketball coach. Between 1958 and 1969,
Bill's teams won 60 percent of their games. From 1960
through 1969, Bill also served as head coach of the New
Brighton golf team. Even after he stepped away from
coaching, he remained involved, serving as athletic director
from 1958 to 1969.
extended beyond Beaver County. He served on the WPIAL's
Board of Control from 1974 to 1985, and, during that period,
helped re-design the league's school classifications and
modify the Gardner Point System that determines playoff
seeds and tie-breakers. Bill also served as secretary and
president of the Midwestern Athletic Conference.
Today, Bill continues to
serve his hometown as a caring and dedicated community
volunteer and advisor. In 2016, Bill received the Unsung
Heroes award from the Beaver County Times with a total of
19,000 volunteer hours.
Besides earning his B.S.
in Education from Geneva, Bill has an M.S. in Educational
Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He and his
wife, Shirley, have been married for 65 years and have four
children—Debbie, John, David, and Nancy—along with six
grandchildren, four of whom were WPIAL athletes.