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Edwards introduced as Wildcats new head football coach

The Meridian Public School District announced the hiring of Martez Edwards as the new head football coach of the Meridian High Wildcats in a press conference to be held on Monday, January 28, 2019, in the multipurpose building located at Meridian High School.

“After a thorough process and weeks of research, we are confident that Coach Edwards will energize our team and community,” said Chuck Butler, MHS Athletic Director.  “It is also our belief that he will provide the leadership in our football program to guide our student-athletes in their development on the field and be productive members of our community.”

Coach Edwards comes to Meridian from Forest Park High in Georgia, where he has coached since the 2017 season. Edwards has also coached at Bessemer City High School in Alabama from 2013-16, posting a 30-18 record and was a state finalist for Coach of the Year in 2013. He also coached Jackson Central-Merry High in Tennessee from 2011-13.


“I’m excited and humbled to be the next head football coach at Meridian High School,” said Martez Edwards, New MHS Head Football Coach. “I can’t wait to help our student-athletes excel on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. I want the community to know we are One City, One Team, One Heartbeat.”


Coach Edwards has coached in college, serving as the linebackers coach at Howard University from 2010-11 and at Jackson State University from 2007-10. He also coached at Detroit Cass-Tech High School and Detroit Crockett High School.


“I’m excited to bring Coach Edwards to the MHS family as the new leader of our football program,” said Victor Hubbard, MHS Principal. “I’m looking forward to working with him to ensure the success of the Meridian High School football program.”


Coach Edwards played collegiate ball at Lane College from 1998-2002; starting all four years and serving as team captain for three years. He still holds the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record for tackles in a single game with 26 and was selected First Team All-American and All-Conference in 2002.


“I am pleased to welcome Martez Edwards as the new head coach of the Wildcats,” said Dr. Amy Carter, Meridian Public School District Superintendent. “Coach Edwards’ focus on academics, community service, and hard work for our student-athletes will help them on and off the football field and allow us to continue to build the legacy of excellence in the Meridian Public School District.”


About Meridian Public School District: The Meridian Public School District prepares all students in a parent and community partnership to be literate, self-directed learners with the confidence and character to compete in a complex and ever-changing world. MPSD serves  5,400 students on 13 school campuses. For more information, please visit us on the web at