Happy Birthday to Allen Edwards!

Allen Edwards was born December 16, 1975.  A four-year letter winner at Kentucky, Edwards and the Wildcats advanced to three-straight Final Fours in his sophomore-through-seniors seasons and fell one win shy of the Final Four in his freshman season of 1994-95. The Wildcats captured National Championships in 1996 and 1998, giving Edwards two title rings during his time in Lexington.  Allen was named an Assistant Coach for the Cowboy basketball program on April 18, 2011.

 

In his four-year Kentucky career, which spanned the last three years of the era and the first year of Tubby Smith’s tenure, Edwards’ teams compiled a remarkable 132-16 record and three Southeastern Conference titles to go along with the three Final Four appearances and two National Championships. He averaged 9.2 points, 3.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game for the Wildcats during his senior season when Kentucky captured its seventh all-time NCAA title. He also averaged 8.6 points per game as a junior in 1996-97.

 

After a successful playing career in the CBA and the IBL, Edwards returned to Kentucky to serve as a special assistant to Smith for the 2002-03 season. While completing his degree in sociology, Edwards helped the Wildcats to a 16-0 record in SEC play and the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

 

Edwards began a three-year stint at Morehead State in the 2003-04 season, working as an assistant coach on ’s staff. He joined the staff at for the 2006-07 season and helped the Rams to a 76-25 overall record and a 45-9 mark in Colonial Athletic Association play. In Edwards’ three years at VCU the Rams advanced to the postseason each year, earning two NCAA Tournament berths and advancing once to the NIT.

 

In the 2007 NCAA Tournament, VCU eliminated in a first-round upset. Thanks to Edwards’ defensive-minded coaching, the Rams led the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense and were in the top 10 in the nation in field goal percentage defense. In 2008-09, the Rams led the CAA in field goal percentage defense.

 

After his time at VCU, Edwards moved to Towson University, where he was an assistant coach under head coach Pat Kennedy. The Tigers went 10-21 in 2009-10.

 

A native of Miami, Fla., Edwards earned ’s Mr. Basketball award during his final season at Miami Senior High School.

 

Edwards and his wife, LaTanya, have two children, 10-year old daughter, Mai’a and three-year old son, Jaxon.

 

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