Guilford Adds Four To Football Coaching Staff

Greensboro, NC (08/26/03) -- Guilford College Athletic Director Marion Kirby announced the appointment of four assistant football coaches Tuesday. J.J. Edwards, Charlie Griffin, Brandon Lockhart and Mike Stewart join head coach Mike Ketchum's staff for the 2003 campaign. Edwards, Lockhart and Stewart all played football at Guilford.

After concluding his playing career with the Quakers last fall, Edwards returns to coach the team's receivers and complete his sport management degree. A three-year starter, he earned honorable mention All-ODAC recognition as a receiver in 2000 and was a second-team all-region and all-conference safety in 2001. A 2002 team captain, Edwards made 124 tackles and nine interceptions in 27 career contests. The Titusville, FL, native served as the interim head coach of Guilford's first-year softball team in 2003 and guided the Quakers to a 12-17 record and a berth in the ODAC Tournament.

After a successful stint as a high school coach and administrator for nearby Western Guilford High School, Griffin returns to the college coaching ranks to direct the Quakers' defensive backs. He compiled a 91-63 record as the Hornets' head football coach from 1989-2002. Western Guilford captured five conference crowns and made eight straight state playoff appearances from 1991-98. The Hornets reached the state 2-A regional finals in 1994 and 1995.

 

Griffin coached track at Western from 1987-93 and served as the school's athletic director from 1991-2003. A Baltimore, MD, native, he played three sports in college and graduated from Frostburg State in 1970. He earned a master's degree from Maryland in 1974 and served on the football staffs at Mansfield State, Winston-Salem State, Gardner-Webb, Elon and the Citadel. He joined Doug Henderson's Western Guilford staff in 1986 before taking over as head coach in 1989.

A 31-year coaching veteran, Griffin served as the defensive coordinator and interim head coach of the Arena Football League2's Greensboro Prowlers in 2000.

Following a four-year career as a Quakers' running back, Lockhart will assist his former team as its linebackers' coach. He is finishing requirements for a bachelor's degree in sport management at Guilford. Lockhart played in 37 of 40 career games with 28 starts. A two-time honorable mention All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) selection, he rushed for 1,595 yards and eight touchdowns in four years. A team captain, he led the Quakers in rushing and earned the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player as a senior. A native of Roxboro, NC, Lockhart's identical twin brother, Calvin, is a senior on Guilford's 2003 team.

Mike Stewart '71 joins his alma mater's football staff as a part-time assistant following a stellar high school coaching career. He has 30 years of scholastic coaching experience in North Carolina and has won three state titles, including two football crowns, and 15 conference coach-of-the-year awards.

Stewart started coaching as an assistant on Guilford Hall of Famer Ken Browning's '68 Ledford football staff in 1971 and coached at West Forsyth before landing his first head coaching position at Sun Valley in 1975. He held head-coaching posts at West Wilkes and Kinston before landing at Shelby Crest in 1987. He made six state playoff appearances in 10 seasons with the Chargers and posted a 52-4-1 mark from 1993-96. Crest's unbeaten teams won state 4-A titles in 1994 and 1996. A two-time state Coach of the Year, he resigned the Crest post in 1996 and coached Hillsborough Orange from 1997-99. Stewart received eight conference football coach-of-the-year awards and coached Sun Valley's baseball team to a 2-A state title in 1977.

Stewart lettered four years with the Quakers' football team as the club's punter, place-kicker and tight end. He led the team in scoring as a sophomore and graduated with school records for field goals in a game and season. He posted a 19-8 record in four years as a pitcher on the Quakers' baseball team. His 10-2 senior season earned All-Carolinas Conference and All-NAIA District 26 honors.

A Winston-Salem, NC, native, Stewart earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Guilford and attended North Davidson High School. He and his wife, Wendy '71, have two adult children and reside in Hillsborough.