Bennie Edens

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Bennie Edens
Sport(s) American football
Biographical details
Born (1925-12-07)December 7, 1925
San Diego, California
Died February 8, 2008(2008-02-08) (aged 82)
San Diego, California
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1950–1998 Point Loma High School
Head coaching record
Overall 241–168–16
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
NFL High School Coach of the Year
California High School Coach of the Year
California Athletic Director of the Year
Southern Section Coach of the Year
All-San Diego County Football Coach of the Year

Bennie Edens (December 7, 1925 – February 8, 2008) was the head football coach at Point Loma High School from 1950 to 1998. He received many individual coaching awards (including NFL High School Coach of the Year), coached the team to 5 CIF championships, and finished his career with the most wins at a single school of any coach in section history. The football stadium at Point Loma High School is named in his honor.

Personal life[edit]

A true San Diego native, Coach Edens lived his entire life in San Diego, California. Edens attended Hoover High School, where he played football and boxed. Graduating from Hoover in 1944, he then attended San Diego State University where he played football. He graduated from SDSU in 1948 and began a career at Point Loma High School as a student teacher, while also working at the Kona Kai Club as the activities director and swim instructor. Edens family included his wife Maxine and their 2 children: Jim and Kathie. Edens and his wife would experience the death of Kathie at the age of 23. The car accident responsible for her death also claimed the life of her husband.

Coaching career[edit]

Edens became head coach of the Pointers in 1955, and continued in that role though generations of students until his retirement in 1998. He would finish his career with a record of 241–168–16, a sectional record for the most wins by a coach a single school, and second on the sectional all-time list.

His teams won CIF championships 5 times during his tenure, in 1962, 1966, 1982, 1987 and 1991.[1]

After 10 years of retirement, Edens succumbed to a heart attack in early February, 2008. Obituaries called him "a legend",[2][3] and his memorial service, held at the Point Loma High athletic field, filled the stadium that bears his name to capacity.[4]

Following his death, Point Loma High School established the Bennie Edens Scholarship Fund in his honor.

Athletes Coached/Influenced[edit]

Edens coached many athletes who went on to professional sporting careers, including:

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1966 San Diego County High School Football Coach of the Year
  • 1981 California Athletic Director of the Year
  • 1983 All-San Diego County Football Coach of the Year and Southern Section Coach of the Year.
  • Jan. 11, 1988 was proclaimed Bennie Edens Day by the city of San Diego
  • 1992 California High School Coach of the Year
  • 2002 NFL High School Coach of the Year

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