No. 1 Top Sports Story: Edwards retires after 34 years

01/01/2014 7:00 AM |
GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Al Edwards, talking to his players during his last game as Greenport's coach, is retiring after 34 years of running the team.

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Al Edwards, talking to his players during his last game as Greenport’s coach, is retiring after 34 years of running the team.

Al Edwards never thought he would even become a JV coach when he returned to Greenport High School following his playing career at East Carolina.

Almost immediately, though, Edwards was in charge of the varsity and the rest, as they say, was history. After 34 years, Edwards decided it was time to retire following the 2013 season.

Edwards graduated from Greenport in 1972 and was Suffolk’s all-time leading scorer at the time he graduated with 2,117 points. The record stood for 17 years before Kenny Wood of East Hampton broke it during the 1988-89 season. Edwards’ jersey was retired in 1992.

In his time as coach, Edwards guided the Porters to three New York State final fours in Glens Falls.

“It’s been a long time, but it’s been really rewarding and it’s been a lot of fun,” Edwards said after announcing his retirement.

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