Lake County superintendent says football coach should be fired for omitting details on application

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — A Lake County high school football coach’s job may be on the chopping block after school officials said he omitted important information on his application.

The superintendent is now recommending East Ridge High School coach Martez Edwards be fired.

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Edwards is accused of making inappropriate comments to women and girls, but the district said it hasn’t been able to substantiate any of those claims at this point.

One of those complaints was reported to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The complaint was filed from a woman claiming Edwards grabbed her from behind and pulled her body to his.

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But the district said the reason he’s facing termination is that he didn’t report discipline he had while working in Alabama, or even report that he worked in Alabama.

During a school board meeting this week, residents brought up past discipline Edwards faced while coaching in Alabama, and that he was ordered to take an anger management class that the district said he never took.

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A final decision on his termination will be made by the school board at its next meeting. The state attorney’s office said it is still reviewing the criminal allegation.

Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal, WFTV.com

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.