Andrew Edwards joins KC as school restructures football programme
Andrew Edwards (left) and Kingston College Principal Dave Myrie share a moment after the announcement of the former as the new technical director of the football programme at the school. (Photo: Dwayne Richards)

Following the resignation of Ludlow Bernard who brought plenty of success to his alma mater in the last few years, the school and the management team have brought in former National youth football Coach Andrew Edwards as technical director, while elevating former Assistant Coach Raymond Watson to head coach of the Manning Cup team.

This announcement was made on Wednesday morning at the school at 2A North Street.

In addition to Edwards, Lorne Donaldson, who recently guided the Reggae Girlz to World Cup qualification, and former Kingston College great Howard Bell have been drafted in as technical advisors to the programme.

Manager of the team Donovan Jermaine explained the reason for the massive change to the programme at KC.

"We needed a proper structure," he stated. "The school has been without a proper structure for a period of time and the departure of Luddy [Ludlow Bernard] showed us more why we need this structure, because it left [Raymond Watson] as the only coach in the system of three teams.

"Realistically speaking, if anything happened to [Watson] or he walked away we would be without a coach. So, we decided to put a proper structure in place that is not dependent on one person. It is a structure that will have continuity in terms of coaches in place. So, I am so happy that Mr Andrew Edwards, a renowned coach with a lot of experience has decided to be a part of our programme.

"Mr Lorne Donaldson, who is the coach of the Reggae Girlz, has decided to also be a part of the programme and Mr Howie Bell an iconic football figure from Kingston College has also decided to volunteer," Jermaine revealed.

He also explained that another person will be added to the coaching staff to serve the junior teams.

"So, I am much more confident that we are putting the pieces to the puzzle right now. Another announcement will be made in terms of another coach, but we cannot make that announcement now."

Jermaine believes that the moves made by the champions will allow for continued success at North Street.

"I am very, very happy with what we are doing right now. We are quite comfortable that we have the proper structure in place," he concluded.

Dave Myrie, principal of KC said that it was the perfect time, following the departure of Bernard, to effect long-term plans for the programme.

"Kingston College has done well over the years with both Coach Luddy [Bernard] and Coach 'Stampy' [Watson] but what struck us heavily after Coach Luddy lef, was that what we have is two coaches, but not necessarily a structure around the football and a structure which also would ensure the smooth transition from U14 to U16 to Manning Cup. "

Dwayne Richards

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