The experienced sports consultant you need on side
Get to know Everton, the founder of Elite Sports Consulting Ltd, a multi-purpose sport-based educational youth service organization that focusses on the athletic and academic development of prospective student-athletes in London and across the UK.
Meet Everton, your sports consultant
Everton Edwards is an established sports consultant and industry veteran, having begun his athletic career as a student-athlete himself in the States. He later went on to become a national-level US coach, where he trained club soccer teams across all divisions. Edwards relocated to his home country, England, where he partners with London councils to develop prospective student-athletes in preparation for university-level training. A community activist, Edwards is a regular clinician at inner-city programs, Boys' Town, the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), the Special Olympics, and Soccer for Autism program that was started by a Gulliver Preparatory School Athletic Trainer. Alongside this, he is currently a Football Development Casual Coach at Arsenal FC and a Cover Supervisor at St. Joseph's Catholic High School, Slough, while working towards the completion of his UEFA B Coaching qualification. His 40+ years of experience expand over a broad book of contacts, strategies, and initiatives, Elite Sports Consulting Ltd being just one of them. Read on to learn more about Everton's career or hear his story in his own words.
Where it all began
Everton Edwards’ coaching career began as an assistant with the 1983 Florida International University men's team. One year later, he was part of that program's second Division II national championship for three years.
Edwards spent twenty-six seasons as the head coach and architect of the FIU women’s soccer program. He started the program from scratch in 1985, guiding his teams to a 2000 Sun Belt Conference crown, 1993 Trans America Athletic Conference championship, and an NCAA appearance, all while competing in one of the nation’s toughest regions. He was one of only 37 active coaches with 160-or-more career wins and just one of 14 coaches to compile that many wins at one institution.
Under Edwards’ guidance, the Golden Panthers earned national rankings four times, as well as multiple individual honours, including many All-Americans, twenty all-region selections, 22 first-team all-conference picks, three Player of the Year recipients, and three players, voted to the Sun Belt Conference’s All-Time Women’s Soccer Team. Along the way, Edwards was also named conference Coach of the Year four times.
Edwards’ annual goal was to not only assemble a representative team on the field but also to excel in the classroom. Golden Panthers consistently landed players on the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for having grade-point averages between 3.5 and 4.0, plus honoured on the conference’s Academic Honor Roll with grade point averages between 3.0 and 3.49.
The Golden Panthers became FIU’s first women's sports team sport to be nationally recognized in a Division I poll with a final ranking of No. 19 in the Adidas Top-20 Poll.
Other career steps
Before taking the helm as the women’s soccer coach, Edwards was a collegiate goalkeeper at Mercer (N.J.) Community College, where he starred on the Vikings 1980 team which reached National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship game, however, was defeated by SUNY Morrisville, NY 2-1. After transferring to FIU, he recorded 10 goalkeeper shutouts in 1981 and a 0.84 career goals-against average, which are both school records that still stand today. In 1982, he was the starting goalkeeper on the Golden Panthers' first-ever NCAA Division II national championship team.
Making an impact
Edwards has coached with the highly competitive Cagliari Miami Strike Force U-18 girls, Miami Premier Soccer Club program for girls, Miami Lakes Optimist Girls U-12 program. He is involved at the State, Regional and National level Olympic Development programs and is an advocate for girls’ player development throughout the United States.
He has been a clinician at several National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Women’s Soccer YES Clinics during the NCAA Soccer Championships. Furthermore, he has worked as goalkeeper coach with Major League Soccer's Miami Fusion and was an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach with the U-23 Women’s U.S. National Team for four years.
In November 2009 Edwards joined the Gulliver Preparatory School Athletic Department to be a part of a program with a rich history of success. He brought his knowledge and experience to the Gulliver Girls soccer program. On February 11, 2011, the Gulliver Girls Soccer program completed an undefeated season with a 29-0 record to win their first Florida High Schools Athletic Association (FHSAA) 3A State Championship. Gulliver became only the fourth Miami-Dade County girls’ soccer team to win a state championship and the first since Hialeah-Miami Lakes in 1993.
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If you'd like to learn more about Everton and the opportunities he has opened for individuals across London and beyond, get in touch.