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Edgewater has a new head football coach and he couldn’t have come at a better time. The Eagles have had the instability of having had 5 coaches in the past 6 seasons, the most recent, Chris Leak, leaving mid-season.
With 13 years of coaching under his belt, Cameron Duke comes to Edgewater from Lake Highland Prep where he was head coach for the past two years. Prior to Duke coming on board, Lake Highland was on a losing streak. Under his leadership, the team was 6 – 4 the first year and 7 – 3 the second.
A self-proclaimed “public school guy” Duke is looking forward to making a difference at Edgewater and feels blessed and fortunate that things lined up like they did enabling him to make the move.
“Edgewater has such a rich history, this is such a great community,” Duke said. “We are going to develop great relationships and develop great young men through the game of football, and not just on the field.”
Duke and his team of coaches, some who have come over from Lake Highland, are committed to being there for the players. “The players will know we care…we will coach hard, but they will know we love them. You’ve got to coach ‘em and hard as you love ‘em,” Duke said.
When asked what is something he will bring to the program that is lacking, he said, “stability and consistency – a quality program on and off the field.”
Duke is also anxious to become a part of College Park and welcomes the opportunity to meet with community leaders. “I’m looking for a house here, or close by in Lake Eola heights, as we speak, because I want to live close to the school.”
Coach Duke has also established a new team motto for 2017. “Our new team motto is Restore the Pride, and not just on the field,” he said.