Sid Edwards: A Louisiana Football Legend
Writer: Jeremy Anderson
When sitting in the office of Sid Edwards, it’s not hard to tell that he’s been around the game of football for a long time.
All along the walls of his office are pictures, plaques, and frames that highlight his coaching career.
From state championship memorabilia, to personal pictures with Louisiana legends such as Eddie Robinson, Coach Sid Edwards has keepsakes that highlight his illustrious career.
A native of Baton Rouge and Redemptorist High School alum, Edwards has been coach of multiple sports to thousands of young men and women in south Louisiana for the past three decades.
Although he has actually won state and national championships in basketball, Edwards is best known as a high school football coach.
In 1997, Edwards began his tenure as head coach of his alma mater.
Edwards’s career catapulted as he coached the Wolves to a Louisiana 3A State Championship by coaching the team to an unblemished 15-0 record in 2002. The following year, he led the Wolves to their second consecutive State Championship. He also has a basketball State Championship as the head coach at Redemptorist.
Due to his two autistic children, Coach Sid moved to Alexandria, La. for the 2004 season, where an upstart autistic school was in the making in which his two youngest kids could attend. He would be the head coach at Holy Savior Menard for one year; the school for his children never got off the ground. This led him back to his hometown.
After two years of being an assistant coach at Central High School in Baton Rouge, the head football coaching position at Jesuit High School became vacant.
Coach Sid decided to move his family to New Orleans and fill that vacancy.
“Jesuit was one of the greatest places I’ve ever been in my life,” says Edwards.
Edwards says that he “desperately wanted to stay at Jesuit,” but he once again had to make the decision best for his family and move back to Baton Rouge to seek better care of his children.
In 2007, Coach Sid returned to Central to become its head coach.
Coach Sid inherited a team with a sub-par history in football, yet, just as he did at Redemptorist, Edwards brought a new life to the program with multiple deep runs in the state playoffs, this time in 5A.
With Edwards at the helm, Friday night football almost immediately became the most popular event in the town of Central. The Central fan base, known as the “marooniacs”, proved to be one of the most loyal and most rowdy in the state of Louisiana.
“The thing that really makes this state tick is football. If you take the city of Central for example … the biggest gathering of humanity is Friday nights at Wildcat Stadium,” says Edwards, “there hasn’t been a vote on anything governmental wise (in Central) where it outnumbers the number of people who are in the stadium, especially when we’re doing well.”
Even with the success at different schools, Coach Sid will be the first to give credit the people he’s been surrounded by.
“All credit goes to God first. But all the assistant coaches and great talented players that have came through during this time, that’s what made the championships,” says Edwards.
He also named Glen Randow, Pete Boudreaux, and Dale Weiner (all of whom are from Catholic High) for being influences in his coaching career, along with the now deceased Milton Broussard from Baker High who also coached with him at Redemptorist.
His biggest influence however, was a priest named Father Joe Steffes, who was the team chaplain when Coach Sid was at Redemptorist.
“(Steffes) taught me so much. He taught me a very rare trait … that is, when you play an opponent, there is an opportunity for both teams to come out victorious … He has taught me more about coaching than anyone who has put a whistle around their neck,” says Edwards.
A priest being Edwards’s biggest influence comes as no surprise to anyone who has been around him. His coaching style is strongly rooted in his faith.
“You win a state championship every day by how you treat people. You can’t put trophies and rings at the feet of Jesus,” says Edwards, “but you can put relationships, and how you treat people and what people learn daily … that’s what counts.”
That’s one thing about Coach Sid, he enjoys winning, but he stresses to his players much more the game of life than the game of football.
Rather than striving to be the best coaches in Louisiana, he instead says he strives to be one of “the best voices for Christ.”
It is this attitude towards life and football that has cemented Coach Sid’s legacy in Louisiana high school sports.
Author Jeremy Anderson