Charlotte 49ers head football coach Brad Lambert has announced the hiring of Ulrick Edmonds as the program’s outside linebackers coach. Edmonds served as the quality control director for NC State’s football program for the past two years, 2014-15. He was also a long-time assistant at James Madison, his alma mater, and had a short stint as linebackers coach at Old Dominion.
“Coach Edmonds is the kind of man we want leading our young men,” said Lambert, whose 49ers prepare for their second season at the FBS level as a member of Conference USA. “He’s an experienced coach that’s been around a lot of winning football. We’re really excited he’s decided to be a 49er.”
He went to NC State from Old Dominion, where he served as linebackers coach for seven months, which included the spring 2014 season. He spent 10 years at James Madison from 2004-2013, where he worked in roles as tight ends coach, running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. He was part of the Dukes’ staff during their 2004 FCS National Championship season and helped the Dukes to five playoff berths. He coached eight all-conference running backs and assisted on special teams.
A four-year letterwinner, Edmonds was a defensive lineman for James Madison from 1997-2000 and began his coaching career as a defensive assistant, there, in 2001. He had 154 career tackles and 6.5 sacks and was twice named all-Atlantic 10. He had 62 tackles and three sacks on JMU’s 1999 FCS Playoff team. Edmonds, originally from Blackstone, Va., was an All-State and First-Team All-Conference linebacker at Nottoway High School (Crewe, Va.) as well as a two-time All-District honoree on offense and defense.
“He brings great experience on both sides of the ball,” Lambert added. “He’s coached on offense and played defense so he has a broad background from a football standpoint. He’s also a strong recruiter who will be valuable to our program from a recruiting standpoint. Most importantly, he’s the type of person we want leading our young men.”
He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in criminal justice and a master’s of counseling psychology with a concentration in college student personnel administration.
Edmonds replaces Napoleon Sykes, who was the 49ers outside linebackers coach for the program’s first three years. Sykes returned to Navy as Defensive Line coach after the 2015 season.