It was ten years ago today that legendary coach LaVell Edwards announced his decision to retire at the conclusion of that season, capping an amazing 29-year head coaching career with the Cougars.
"It's hard to believe this is the 10th year that I haven't been coaching," Edwards, who turns 80 in October and is the sixth-winningest coach in NCAA history, told the Deseret News this week. "I look around and wonder where it's all gone. But (wife) Patti and I are always doing something. It's been a nice 10 years."
LaVell and Patti have not slowed down much during retirement. They served a church mission to New York City, and they are involved in a lot of charities, including the Boys and Girls Club. "I do a fair amount of speaking, mostly to church groups," Edwards said. "Our health has been good. So we've been fortunate that way. We travel a little bit. One way or another, we seem to keep busy. My time isn't all spent playing golf. But I do play."
The day he announced his impending retirement, Edwards told his players first, in the morning during a team meeting.