TOWSON, Md. - Allen Edwards knows a thing or two about NCAA Basketball Tournaments having played in four as a Kentucky Wildcat before coaching in two more at Virginia Commonwealth. Now he joins Pat Kennedy’s Towson staff as an assistant, looking to contribute toward the Tigers goal of making their way back into the post-season.
“Allen Edwards comes from real pedigree,” Kennedy said. “His experience playing for Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith and working under Kyle Macy and Anthony Grant has prepared him to have a great impact here at Towson.”
Edwards enjoyed a very successful playing career at Kentucky when the Wildcats, under Pitino and then Smith, made three Final Four appearances, winning two national championships. Kentucky compiled a 132-16 record during his playing career. He averaged 9.2 points, 3.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game for the Wildcats during his senior year when Kentucky captured its seventh, and last, NCAA national championship. His single game highlight was 12 assists against South Carolina in 1998 which ties for eighth on Kentucky’s all-time list.
After a professional playing career in the CBA and IBL Edwards returned to Kentucky where he completed his degree in sociology in 2002. That’s when he launched his coaching career as a special assistant to Smith. The Wildcats went unbeaten at 16-0 in the SEC and advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.
The following season Edwards began a three-year stint as an assistant to Kyle Macy at Morehead State. In 2006 he joined the staff at Virginia Commonwealth, helping the Rams to a 76-25 record and a 45-9 mark against Colonial Athletic Association teams. The Rams earned two NCAA berths and made one NIT appearance. In the 2007 NCAA Tournament VCU sent Duke home after a first round upset.
With Edwards as its defensive coordinator, VCU led the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense and was top 10 in the country in field goal percentage defense for the 2007-08 season. Last year the Rams led the CAA in field goal percentage defense.
A native of Miami, Fla., Edwards earned Florida’s Mr. Basketball award during his final season at Miami Senior High School.