During the school year, Nick Edmond’s life isn’t all about soccer, but it’s pretty close. He’s been playing since he was 3 years old, and now he is a fixture in the Augusta area soccer-coaching community.
The 28-year-old Lakeside High School graduate works during the day doing administrative work for the Augusta Arsenal, then heads over to his alma mater to coach the girls soccer team. He also is the Arsenal Girls Academy director, overseeing the girls U-9 and U-12 teams and coaching girls U-11 and U-14 squads.
The day job has given him opportunities, but that’s not what drives him.
“It’s not what I wanted to do,” Edmond said of his administrative position.
“I like working with kids and hopefully make an impact on their lives. I get more out of that than sitting behind a desk.”
A “military kid,” Edmond lived in Hawaii, Washington, D.C., and Fort Stewart, Ga., before his family settled in Columbia County. He started school at Lakeside his freshman year and played soccer for current boys coach Dave Morgan.
“He’s a great guy and a good trainer,” said Morgan. “As a player he was extremely fast, solid, a great defender and level-headed.”
Edmond graduated from Georgia Southern with a degree in health behavior in 2005. He then lived for a few months with his brother in Germany during the 2006 World Cup.
“As a military kid moving every three years, staying in one place takes adjusting to,” Edmond said. “I never thought I’d be back in Augusta at Lakeside.”
Five years ago, he was at a Lakeside alumni soccer game and the athletic director at the time, who was a coach, said he needed help and asked him if he’d like to coach. After a year as an assistant, he got the head position and has turned the girls team into a state contender.
“It was something I really enjoyed and it turned into full-time,” Edmond said.
While he enjoys what he is doing, Edmond would like to take another step in his coaching career.
“It would be nice to get an opportunity to coach college,” Edmond said. “It would be nice to be able to challenge myself at the next level.”