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Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Roosevelt ice hockey’s Brad Edwards

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Roosevelt ice hockey’s Brad Edwards


By Tom Nader

Publisher and Editor

“Getting to Know” is an ongoing series created to spotlight the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Today, we get to know Kent Roosevelt High School ice hockey coach Brad Edwards, who is in his fourth season coaching the Rough Riders.

Q: Hometown?

A: Kent, Ohio.

Q: High school?

A: Theodore Roosevelt High School. Class of 1996. Played ice hockey and baseball.

Q: College?

A: Kent State University; Class of 2002. Notre Dame College; Class of 2006. BS in Physical Education. Teaching licensure in middle school science grades 4 through 9.

Q: Current occupation?

A: Seventh grade science teacher.

Q: What inspired you to become a coach?

A: My inspiration to be a coach was my desire to educate students and help players reach their full potential.

Q: Who has been your biggest influence?

A: I’m not sure it has been just one. Steve Trivisonno, Mike Haney Jr., Brent Pfeiffer.

Q: What makes being a coach at Kent Roosevelt special to you?

A: It’s special because I am an alumni and being able to give back to the community and program that shaped me into the person I am to this day.

Q: Funny story nobody would believe from your playing days?

A: When I was at Kent State playing ice hockey, I started against Ohio University in OU and when they announced my name, I was coasting backwards. I hit the boards and fell down in front of the student section.

Q: Funny story nobody would believe from your coaching career?

A: That I have listened to the song “Pump it Up” every game since we went on a seven-game winning streak.

Q: Favorite TV show?

A: Blacklist.

Q: Favorite movie?

A: Miracle.

Q: Favorite musical artist?

A: Dave Matthews Band.

Q: Favorite meal?

A: Chicken parmesan.

Q: Best vacation?

A: Caribbean cruise.

Q: Shoutout to former teammates?

A: Ben Barlow, Jaret Butler, Rae Metz, Jon Smalley, Matt Carter, Jason Butler, Danny Little, Blake Little, Terry Hollis, Todd Hollis.

Q: Favorite motto?

A: Control the controllable.

Q: Describe your coaching philosophy?

A: Developing all players to become better young men and women. Adaptability, hard work, dedication and dependability are the cornerstone of our program.

Q: Favorite restaurant?

A: Rockne’s.

Q: Favorite teacher from high school?

A: Ernie Rutzky.

Q: Advice you would give the younger version of yourself?

A: Don’t sweat the little things.

Q: Favorite coach from your playing days?

A: Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Butler from Tri-County.

Q: Coaching resume?

A: Western Reserve Academy assistant (2001-02); Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin head coach (2004-07); Mentor High School head coach (2008-11); Mentor High School assistant football coach (2011-15); Kent Roosevelt head coach (2019-present).

Q: Favorite sports team?

A: Cleveland Guardians.

Q: Favorite athlete then?

A: Wayne Gretzky.

Q: Favorite athlete now?

A: Connor McDavid.

Q: First job as a teenager?

A: Surveyor rod man with my Dad.

Q: Family member that always gives the best advice?

A: My dad, aka Big Jer.

Q: Halloween costume last year?

A: Ken from the new Barbie movie.

Q: Favorite video game?

A: NHL 97 on Sega Genesis (then) and Mortal Kombat 11 (now).

Q: Can you play any instruments?

A: Does whistling count? If not, then no.

Q: Favorite candy?

A: Reese’s peanut butter cups.

Q: First car?

A: 1982 Chevy Chevet.

Q: Best friends?

A: Brett Edwards, Mike Haney Jr. and Ben Barlow.

Q: Most memorable moment as a player?

A: Winning the Baron Cub in 1996.

Q: Most memorable moment as a coach?

A: Watching our team be the No. 7 seed last year and make it to the Baron Cup final.


  1. Bill Robert Biasotti February 7, 2024

    Awesome person that is all needed to be said.

  2. Dan Frank February 7, 2024

    So glad to see you giving back to the youth hockey players. I recall when you started playing as a Mite. If I recall correctly, you played Center and so did Ben Barlow. How about those trips to Embro?


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