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Football: Former North Carroll coach set to lead Century's program in 2017

Century has found its new varsity football head coach.

Todd Edmondson, a former county football standout who coached North Carroll for two seasons, will take control of the Knights. Edmondson is replacing Jim Holzman, who coached the Knights for eight years prior to stepping down in December.

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Edmondson, optimistic about his return to the head coaching ring, said he met with the team for the first time last week.

"It was a good meeting," Edmondson said. "Just by the number of kids that came out, it's a big positive and it's an exciting time. They had success last year and a willingness to get back to the playoffs. To just have those numbers and reactions on their faces in the weight room made it seem like an exciting time down there that day."

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Century finished 8-3 (4-1 in county play) last season and earned a playoff berth for the first time since 2009. Holzman went 42-40 in his coaching tenure with the Knights, a stretch that included two playoff appearances.

Junior quarterback Collin Ende, a Times first team all-county pick, said he felt a mix of feelings at first when he heard about his new coach — excitement and nerves.

"Everyone seemed to be excited," Ende said. "He has a good background in football and has been around Carroll County ball for a while. I've heard good things about what he did to the North Carroll organization as a whole. I got the impression that he was not going to try and replace any of the coaches that wanted to stay, which is great, but also heard that he was going to try to bring in position-specific coaches which would be nice.

"I'm excited to see what a new coach can bring to the team."

Edmondson is no stranger to Carroll County. He graduated from Westminster in 2002 and was a two-time Times all-county linebacker with the Owls. He garnered his first head coaching position at North Carroll in 2014 and helped lead the Panthers to a 9-3 record that included a playoff victory at home for the first time in program history before playing in the Class 1A West Region final.

In 2015, NC beat county rival Manchester Valley in Week 10 to make the playoffs despite a 3-7 record. The Panthers lost to the Mavericks in the regional semifinals that same year. Edmondson's two years at North Carroll came to a close following the school's closure last year.

"When I first took over at North Carroll, it was kind of a similar situation in terms of on the field work. Both programs had success beforehand, there was just a difference in the offseason work," Edmondson said. "NC was pretty much started from scratch, there wasn't an offseason program, and nothing was in place. To take over at Century where there are already some things in place with the kids getting together, it's nice to come in and keep things rolling and add to that."

Edmondson earned the National Federation of High School Coaches Football Coach of the Year award for Maryland for the 2015 season. In 2016, he joined Cavaliers coach Steve Luette and his staff as the team's running backs coach.

Edmondson said it was nice to take a step back from the head coaching role at the time. The former Shepherd University linebacker got an opportunity for more exposure to the game from an offensive standpoint.

Edmondson is prepared to instill similar values to that of what he had in place at North Carroll as he makes the transition to Century.

"The program I had in place at North Carroll is pretty much what I want to bring," Edmondson said. "Unfortunately, with the school's closing, I was only there for two years. When you see kids in the weight room getting faster and stronger, just implementing those things and adding to what they already have in place. The practice plans are similar and the biggest thing is the offseason."

It gives the team a little bit more confidence to know that Edmondson has close ties to the county, Ende said.

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"That's definitely a plus," Ende said. "I know he played at Westminster and he was a good player there, also, since he coached at North Carroll and apparently turned the program around. I think the team is definitely ready for the new coach to step up and help us win some games."

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