FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Coach Duncan Edwards, pictured left of centerSt. Francis is pleased to announce its recent Men’s Varsity Basketball restructuring, as Duncan Edwards has been promoted to Varsity Head Coach. For the past 5 years, Edwards has worked alongside Ed Kelly as Assistant Coach at St. Francis, and played a critical role in propelling the team to various playoffs and championships. Edwards has an extensive background that has prepared him for his new role as head basketball coach including coaching positions at Moreland Notre Dame, Watsonville High School, Pajaro Valley High School and North Monterey County High School. In addition to his prior coaching experience, he is also a retired nurseryman and a veteran officer of the US Army.
 
Former Head Basketball Coach Ed Kelly will be transitioning to the role of Director of Basketball Operations at St. Francis High School and will focus on the administrative side of the sport: men’s and women’s logistics, scheduling, fundraising, and anything else Coach Edwards will need to help ensure the program continues to grow. He will also continue to serve as the school’s Assistant Athletic Director. Kelly is the only varsity men’s basketball coach in St. Francis history; he began in the 2005-06 season, and served 14 seasons as the head coach. Kelly has a career head coaching record of 356-203. With Kelly at the helm, the St. Francis Sharks qualified for the CCS Playoffs all 14 seasons, and qualified for the NorCal playoffs 3 times. The Sharks were SCCAL Champions in 2010 and 2017, and both years were 12-0 in the league. They were also CCS Champions in 2010 and 2017. They were the NorCal Champions and State Finalists in 2017. Since the 2007-08 season, the Sharks are 17-0 against other high schools in Watsonville. In the 14 seasons as head coach, his teams have had over 20 post-season/playoff wins. Kelly is also a 3-time SCCAL Coach of the Year, and will remain an integral comrade to the basketball coaching team.
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