Martez Edwards to be introduced as next Meridian Wildcats football coach Monday

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MERIDIAN, Miss. -- Two months after Calvin Hampton’s departure from the program, the Meridian Wildcats have found the next man to lead the team onto the field at Ray Stadium next fall.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Meridian will hire Forest Park (GA) head coach Martez Edwards as the next head coach of the Wildcats football team. The hire is pending school board approval.

Edwards has been the coach of the Panthers since 2017, posting a 5-15 record over the last two seasons, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Bessemer City (AL). Edwards guided the team to a 30-18 mark, with trips to the Alabama 6A playoffs in each of his four seasons with the Purple Tigers.

Edwards football roots go back to Lane College, where he starred on the defensive side of the ball for the Dragons. He was a team captain for three seasons and was a first-team All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selections in 2002.

After a brief NFL stint, Edwards entered into the coaching ranks, with stops at Howard University and Jackson State University as a linebackers coach.

This story will be updated.

UPDATE: (Jan. 23) Meridian Athletic Director Chuck Butler tells WTOK that no decision has been made on the head coaching hire yet. The Wildcats are still in the process" of searching for a head coach, and no vote has been presented before the school board.

"We're getting the last few questions we want answered" Butler said. "Once we have those answered, we'll move toward having a vote and hiring a head coach."

UPDATE: (Jan 27) Edwards is set to be introduced as the football program's next head coach at a press conference Monday morning on the Meridian High School campus.