The Arizona State football program has officially hired its next head coach.
After a flurry of rumors and reports, the Sun Devils announced the hiring of former NFL head coach Herm Edwards. Edwards has not coached since 2008.
“Our goal for this football program is to reach unprecedented heights, and therefore we need to find a way to operate more innovatively and efficiently than we have in the past,” Arizona State University and Vice President of University Athletics Ray Anderson said in a statement.
“In the spirit of innovation, our vision for this program is to have a head coach who serves as a CEO and is the central leader with a collaborative staff around him that will elevate the performance of players and coaches on the field, in the classroom and in our community. Equally important, the head coach will be a dynamic and tireless recruiter.”
“Passion for my faith, my family and my occupation as a football coach are the things that have driven me back to the grass,” Edwards said.
“My personal commitment to build young men to be whole people through the game of football is completely in alignment with the vision President Michael Crow and Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson have for this program. I stand ready for the challenge of working with them to elevate Sun Devil Football. I am very excited and humbled to be the Arizona State head football coach.”
It’s a great hire for the Sun Devils and it’s going to be fun to see how Edwards’ hiring impacts recruiting.