(July 12, 2013) -- Killeen ISD has named Mansfield defensive coordinator Jerry Edwards as the new head football coach at Harker Heights on Friday.
Edwards has served as Tigers defensive coordinator since 2008, with the squad going 18-7 over that span. Edwards has also coached at Sugar Land and Milano.
Edwards was chosen among six candidates who interviewed for the position Wednesday and Friday, including both current coordinators at Harker Heights, offensive coordinator Rob Hagey and defensive coordinator Ty Oppermann. Killeen co-offensive coordinator Richard Daniels also applied.
“The family of Harker Heights High School is thrilled to welcome Coach Jerry Edwards and we look forward to his contributions to the continuing success of the Harker Heights Knights," said Harker Heights principal David Manley. "We are excited by his energy and passion for student success on and off the field. Welcome to the Knights, Coach Edwards."
Dr. John Craft also stated, “On behalf of the Killeen Independent School District, we are excited at the opportunity to introduce Coach Jerry Edwards as the new Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach for Harker Heights High School. Coach Edwards has demonstrated his abilities to positively impact student athletes on and off the field and we feel his energy, character and commitment to success make him a great fit to lead the Harker Heights High School athletic program. We welcome Coach Edwards and his family to the Killeen Independent School District and Harker Heights High School.”
Edwards replaces Mike Mullins, who's resignation became effective June 30 after accepting an assistant position under Lee Fedora at Navasota.
Mullins went 4-7 this past season, leading the Knights back to the postseason for the first time since 2005. Harker Heights fell to No. 1 DeSoto in the 5A bi-district round 62-15. Mullins went 14-27 in his four years at the school.