Kevin Edwards currently works as the head men’s and women’s volleyball coach at Baruch College, an NCAA Division III school in Manhattan, N.Y. The United States Sports Academy’s latest Student of the Month, Edwards is pursuing his Bachelor of Sports Science (B.S.S.) degree in sports strength and conditioning from the Academy and hopes to use his education to open a high performance volleyball training facility.

A former Trinidad & Tobago international volleyball player (1996-2009), Edwards is a familiar face in New York volleyball circles. The Brooklyn resident coached the Baruch women’s team to its first-ever postseason win in 2019 and was voted the CUNYAC Coach of the Year. In the same year, he coached the Baruch men’s team to its first CUNYAC Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.

“The Academy is wonderful because it provides me the flexibility to study on my schedule, which often means I’m studying late in the evenings after practices or matches or on my off days,” Edwards, who is taking advantage of the Academy’s FastTrack option, said. “I’m grinding through the program as quickly as possible within my schedule. The program is a good fit for me.

“My courses have all been immediately applicable to my every day work. My anatomy and physiology class has been particularly helpful and the labs for that class really bring the courseware to life.”

Prior to coaching at Baruch, Edwards also worked as a coach at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYU-Poly, and the New York City College of Technology. In addition, he has coached at the high school level and also works at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers as a beach and indoor volleyball instructor. He holds an FIVB International Level 2 coach certification and a USA Volleyball Impact Certification.