Central Valley High School completed its search for a new head coach this past month.
Scott Edwards, 41, was named Jason McCloskey's successor on March 28.
Edwards was also hired to teach P.E.
"We got very lucky finding someone with his track record and experience," Central Valley Athletic Director Greg Magni said. "He's coached and taught at the high school, junior college and college levels. He has a diverse resume. Everyone speaks so highly of him. I think he's going to do great things. He has the drive and commitment."
Edwards beat out 29 other applicants.
He interviewed in person for the position on March 7.
"I'm fortunate to land here," Edwards said. "It seems like a class place. I'm excited. I have a chance to impact a lot of people every day."
"We went in completely open-minded," said Magni, who was a part of the interview panel. "It was a pretty easy decision. He wants to be here. He's very passionate. He has experience. He's ready for the challenge. It's a good fit for both sides."
Scott was offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for University Mary in North Dakota this past season. His first stint with the Marauders was from 1998-2001. Scott recruited Central Valley founding head coach Tim Garcia.
Scott was head coach of Bret Harte High School's varsity football team the previous seven years (2006-12). Budget cuts forced Edwards to find employment elsewhere.
Edwards also filled coaching positions at Sacramento City College (2003-05), Northern State University (2002), American River College (1997) and Mendocino College (1996).
Scott played football for Chico State, Eastern New Mexico University and American River College.
He earned degrees from University of Mary and Chico State.
He graduated from Bret Harte High School.
"I quickly lost touch with what it's like to be a dad and husband," Edwards said while talking about some of the reasons he decided to leave college coaching and return to the prep level.
Scott, his wife Angie, and son Logan (8) and daughter Brenna (6), have been living in North Dakota since last July.
The Edwards plan to sell their house and move to California this summer.
Logan and Brenna will finish their schooling on May 23.
"We hope to be on the road in June if everything falls in line," Scott said. "We're coming back home."
Edwards will replace McCloskey, who led Central Valley to an 11-10 overall record and one Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth in two years.
The Hawks accomplished several firsts in 2013.
Central Valley participated in the postseason and compiled a winning record (6-5).