ST. JOSEPH, Mo. --Missouri Western State University is pleased to announce that Chad Edwards has been named the third women's soccer coach in school history.  Edwards takes over for Jeff Hansen who resigned in late July.

"I feel honored to be given this opportunity," Edwards said. “I would like to thank everyone at Missouri Western State University, especially Dr. Vartabedian, Dan Nicoson, Patsy Smith and the search committee for all of the support throughout the process.”

Edwards comes to MWSU after three seasons as the assistant men's and women's soccer coach at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.  Edwards played a vital role in the day to day operations of both the men's and women's programs and is the Director of the Avila Elite Soccer Camps.

"We are pleased that Coach Edwards has accepted the position of coach of the Griffon women's soccer team," commented Interim Director of Athletics Dan Nicoson. "We were surprised to receive a large number of applications for the position in such a short time and so near the start of the 2011 soccer season. Coach Edwards' experience as both a collegiate coach and player will serve him well. We welcome him to Griffon Athletics."

While at Avila he helped 12 players earn HAAC All-Conference honors. During the three seasons that Edwards was at Avila the women's squad went a combined 25-24-4 with their best season coming in 2010 when they went 10-8.

"Coach Edwards was an important part of the continuous improvement of the soccer program at Avila University," said Nicoson. "We look forward to his leadership of the Griffon soccer program and its continued development."

Edwards is also active in multiple Kansas City soccer clubs. He coaches multiple club teams for the Kansas City Legends Soccer Club and is a state coach for Missouri Olympic Development Program. Edwards holds multiple National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Diplomas as well as United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Coaching Licenses.

“I am enthusiastic about meeting the team and getting started," commented Edwards. “I look forward to the season and can’t wait to get on the field.”

Edwards played at Missouri Southern State University from 1997-2000 where he was voted team captain and helped the team win a conference championship in 1997. He graduated from MSSU in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and earned a Masters of Business Administration from Baker University in 2005. Edwards and his wife, Tiffany, reside in Overland Park, Kan. with their dog Pelini.

"The search committee chaired by Patsy Smith, Associate Director of Athletics, examined the many applications, talked with references and interviewed candidates," stated Nicoson. "They were conscientious in their work and brought forth qualified applicants from which Coach Edwards stood out and was selected as our new soccer coach."