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Wolmer’s takes shot at Edwards

Published:Thursday | January 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
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Dr Walton Small, principal of Wolmer's Boys' School, has confirmed that national Under-17 football coach Andrew Edwards is a primary coaching target on his institution's wish list for the 2014-15 Manning Cup season.

"We (Wolmer's) are now in the process of coach searching," Dr Small, who is also president of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), told The Gleaner in an interview at last Friday's RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman awards ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

"We have contacted Andrew Edwards. We have been looking at a number of coaches and he is one of them. Mr Edwards certainly fits our profile at Wolmer's," he stressed.

"We are still in negotiations with him and we'll see what those will be," added the principal, whose team was last coached by Ludlow Bernard.

Dr Small describes the recently departed Bernard as "an excellent coach" who "did an excellent job".

Bernard left at the end of the last season, late last year, after serving four years at the school.

Wolmer's can be considered the team that came close, but not close enough in recent seasons, with Bernard leading them as 2012-13 beaten finalists.

They won the Walker Cup that year, but were eliminated at the semi-final stage last season and ended without a trophy.

Long-term approach

The Wolmer's principal underlined that the school's approach to win the Manning Cup will be long-term.

"We always think long term, that is one of the reasons why we are not rushing into making a decision," he assured, adding that his school will be very competitive in coming seasons.

"We are really building up our Under-16 and Under-14 programmes. We have good young players, so I think recruiting should be a thing of the past for us," Dr Small assessed.

Another thing of the past will be outstanding track and field athlete/footballer Jaheel Hyde's participation on the school's football team.

Hyde, who is the World Junior and World Youth 100 metres hurdles and 400 metres hurdles champion, announced that he would quit football and dedicate his sporting exploits to track. Dr Small said he accepts Jaheel Hyde's decision to quit football

"His focus is now on track and field. Though we would love to have him playing football, we believe the needs of the student must be met," he stressed.

Wolmer's last won the Manning Cup in 1994.