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Former assistant coach to head Flowers boys' basketball


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Published on: Friday, November 02, 2012

By Brandy L. Simms

C.H. Flowers High School has named former assistant Mark Edwards as the school’s new boys’ head basketball coach.

Edwards, who spent last season as the head coach at Friendly, replaces good friend and mentor Billy Lanier who stepped down earlier this year.

“I’m excited,” Edwards said. “It’s very good to come back home. I’m familiar with these kids and the administration.”

Edwards, a longtime assistant coach in Prince George’s County, took over the Friendly boys’ basketball program last year when Rob Garner departed for Wise.

Edwards had worked under Lanier for many years, starting at Oxon Hill. The 1989 Largo High School graduate was an assistant on Lanier’s staff at Oxon Hill from 2000-2007 and helped guide the Clippers to a pair of Maryland 4A state championships in 2000 and 2003. He also had a stint as the head junior varsity coach at DeMatha.

During his two-year stint at DeMatha, Edwards coached Syracuse freshman Jerami Grant and VCU commit Jairus Lyles along with Division I prospect Kelvin Howard.

“I enjoyed my time there,” he said. “It was a great learning experience.”

The Prince George’s County native and Towson State graduate inherits a C.H. Flowers program that finished 16-6 during the 2011-2012 campaign.

“It’s a sense of comfort because we know what we’re going to get,” said Kofi Andoh, a Howard commit and senior guard at the Springdale public school. “We know he expects the best out of us, and he knows what we can do.”

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