Florida football coach suspended for practice during stay-at-home orders

A Miami Northwestern High School football coach has been suspended indefinitely while administrators investigate whether he held practice against rules and stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a story published in the Miami Herald, the actions of head football coach Max Edwards are being investigated by Northwestern’s athletic director Andre Williams.

coach suspendedWilliams confirmed the investigations with the Miami Herald but added that he couldn’t comment any further and new information would be relayed through the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) communications department.

MDCPS spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego said in a statement that the school launched the investigation “as soon as it learned about this unauthorized athletic activity,”

“Further action may be taken against others who may have been involved in this unsanctioned event,” Gonzalez-Diego told the Miami Herald. “The school is in the process of communicating with parents of students who may have participated.”

The Greater Miami Athletic Conference suspended athletic events on March 13 when the county closed schools. The Florida High School Athletic Association took a step further on March 18, nine days before spring football practices were set to begin when it put a stop to all high school athletic events in the state.

Edwards took over the program before the 2015 season and has amassed a 51-16 record in five seasons, including three-straight state championships from 2017 to 2019. Before taking over the head coaching role, Edwards served as the team’s assistant coach from 1998 through 2004.

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