Bill EDWARDS' BIOGRAPHY
Continually for over half a century, Bill Edwards has made significant and positive contributions to the sports community as an athlete, coach and trainer.
As the cool and confident quarterback and leader of the 1961 and 1962 Coaldale High School Tigers football teams, Bill led the Tigers to a total of 18 victories, culminating in 1962 with an undefeated (11-0) season.
Enlisting in the Army in 1968, Bill received the highest physical training award in the battalion, having been the only one to "max" the PT test, and upon graduation was awarded The American Honor Spirit Medal by the Joint Committee of the Armed Forces, for his "excellence in leadership and example to comrades in arms."
After returning in 1970 from a tour as a platoon sergeant and recon team leader in Vietnam, he quarterbacked the U.S. Army's Ft. Carson, Colorado, "Mountaineers" to an undefeated season and the Fifth Army Championship.
At Coaldale High, he excelled in the three varsity sports available; football, basketball and track and field. At Division III Philadelphia College of Bible (now Caryn University) he played both soccer and basketball.
As a head football coach and offensive coordinator, his overall coaching record is 49 wins and seven losses.
After earning his coaching certification at Penn State in 1977, he began his coaching career at Everett Area (PA) High School as Assistant Coach (Offense) for the football team and Pole Vault Coach for the track team.
While Head Football Coach, Head Boys Basketball Coach, Bible History teacher and Health/Phys Ed Teacher at Riverdale (MD) Baptist School in 1984, he devised and implemented the school’s first weight-training program. Within two years, he led the football team to just one game short of the conference championship game. In way of trivia, Bill coached in the second longest interscholastic basketball game ever played. The game went nine overtimes, and was featured in USA Today.
He founded and directed (for 13 years) the Bedford County (PA) Youth Achievement Association and Summit Quest Fitness and Human Performance Center, and developed athletes, some of whom went on to play Division I football and Arena Football.
Summit Quest Fitness and Human Performance center was founded in 1991, and continues to meet the training needs of athletes and others today.
He founded and directed the Summit Quest (PA) All-Star Basketball Classic which, over a 12-year period, showcased the basketball skills of over 550 male and female athletes.
During the 1980’s and ‘90’s, he became the “voice” of Bedford County sports broadcasting for high school football, basketball, and wrestling on radio station WAYC in Bedford, PA.
Over the past seven years, Bill has served both as trainer and strength coach at Penn State DuBois, and Director of Human Performance for P&G Physical Therapy. During that time Bill has worked with athletes of all ages from junior high football players to professional baseball players, and everyone in between.
Bill has been blessed to have been mentored by some of the best strength coaches in the National Football League (NFL): Dan Riley of the Washington Redskins, Kim Wood of the Cincinnati Bengals, Mark Asanovich of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Jeff Friday of the Baltimore Ravens.
Presently, Bill is a full-time Pastor and also serves as Strength-Conditioning Coach for Brockway High School football. In addition, he uses his recent certification as a Medical Exercise Specialist to help older folks obtain and maintain a better quality of life as well.