Doug Edick has always wanted to be a head football coach. He finally got his wish recently being named to take over the tradtionally-rich Amsterdam High School football program.


After serving 10 years as an assistant to head coach Pat Liverio, Edick will now direct the Rugged Rams starting with the 2012 season.

The Greater Amsterdam School District Board of Education unanimously approved Edick's nomination.

"I'm really excited. I'm very happy to step in. I've wanted to be a head coach for a long time," said Edick. "I think I had support of the administration, community and players. I was excited about that."

Actually, Liverio and Edick have been discussing this matter for a couple of years and the timing is right since Liverio's son, Nick, completed his senior year on the football team.

Athletic director Ron Smith said that a small interview committee was created and a list of qualities in the search for a new head coach. "Doug fit the criteria very well. He is a program guy with a great vision for the future and where the program is going. He is a true professional. I am looking forward to working with him," he said.

Edick played football at New Hartford High School and Springfield College. His father, Don, coached New Hartford High School football for 37 years and the school named the football field in his honor.

"I would love to get Pat involved. Most of the people (coaches) are staying on. I'd also like to get Bobby's (Noto) help too," said Edick.

Noto, offensive coordinator, announced his retirement and will not be returning to the sidelines for the upcoming season. Edick foresees Tim Holloway taking Noto's position.

Edick, who worked with receivers, defensive backs and special teams, was fortunate to work alongside two exceptional coaches in Liverio and Noto.

"We've already been doing most of the work. We're ready to go right now. I've been an athlete my whole life. I think I can deal with the pressure. I know the history of Amsterdam. Pat (Liverio) told me once he wanted me to take over the program and feels I can do the job. That made me feel good. We're jumping right into it. We're (coaches) attending the New York State Clinic at Verona this weekend. We'll spend a couple of days there," said Edick.

Of course, the Rugged Rams won the Class A Northwest Division last year en route to a 9-1 record, losing to Burnt Hills in the Section II Class A championship game at Shenendehowa High School.

Obviously, it will be difficult to replace Liverio who put together 130 wins, six Section II championships and the 2005 New York State Class A title at the Carrier Dome.

"I've learned a lot from Pat. He's a great defensive guy and very loyal to the Amsterdam football program. We have a great coaching staff," said Edick.

Article by Mike Collar

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