July 2, 2013
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago head coach Sheryl Swoopes has completed her coaching staff for the upcoming season with the hiring of Dustin Edwards as an assistant coach. In addition to recruiting and scouting duties, Edwards will assist in player development and practice planning.
Edwards comes to Loyola from Middle Tennessee State, where he served as the program's Director of Basketball Operations last season, taking care of all operational duties including academics, video and travel.
Before going to Middle Tennessee State, he spent one season as an assistant coach at Ohio University, where he served as the program's co-recruiting coordinator while also developing offensive and defensive strategies. While at Ohio, Edwards worked with both guards and post players and helped the Bobcats to a five-game improvement from the previous season.
Prior to his stint at Ohio, Edwards worked with both the men's and women's programs at Tennessee. He was a graduate assistant with the Volunteers men's basketball team for 15 months before assuming the role of video coordinator on the women's side. During his time in Knoxville, he saw both teams advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
He began his collegiate coaching career at Milligan College in 2006, spending three years at the Johnson City, Tenn. institution as a men's basketball assistant coach and helping the team to a 60-31 (.659) record.
Edwards got into coaching after a stellar playing career at Carson-Newman College, where he was a four-year all-conference selection and helped the team advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division II Championship.
He graduated from Carson-Newman in 2003 and went on to earn his Master's of Sports Psychology from Tennessee.
Loyola returns four starters from last year's squad that finished 17-15 and advanced to the championship game of the Horizon League Tournament. The Ramblers open the 2013-14 season on Nov. 9 at defending NCAA runner-up Louisville.