Florida’s oldest historically black college unveils latest campus renovation
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters College unveiled a new academic space on its campus Wednesday, the latest of several recent improvements at the school. It’s a $4.3 million facility that includes new turf, lights, seats and a video board. School leaders called it a ‘transformative investment’ in the state’s oldest historically black college. Ever since it has been educating and inspiring students in Northwest Jacksonville, but the college is working to make a new future. College leadership is in the process of launching its first graduate program to become a university.
New-look Edward Waters College ready for spring football ... in February
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Spring football this year is quite a bit different at Edward Waters. Normally, spring football is all about practice and preparing for the fall, but in 2021 the Tigers are preparing for their regular season … in February. COVID-19 not only canceled fall football for the Tigers in 2020, but it scrapped the team’s traditional spring football workouts, too. “They didn’t have spring football either, every football team’s playing in the spring. It ain’t going to be about Coach Ruffin.
EWC’s new community field and stadium nearly complete
With the Tigers' logo down, EWC’s stadium is taking shape. Now, the transformation of a barren field into a $4.3 million facility that will serve as host to the football and women’s soccer team is nearly complete. Since the bulk of EWC’s schedule was filled out with SIAC opponents, that put the Tigers in a tough spot. “The way we stand today, and Covid dictates a lot, our season for soccer will start sometime in January. “But all the other sports that we didn’t play in the fall, volleyball, football and women’s soccer, will happen in the spring.”Football scheduling remains a work in progress.
Edward Waters to add men’s volleyball as college sport
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters is adding men’s volleyball to its college athletics program, the school announced on Friday. The school received a $100,000 grant from the First Point Volleyball Foundation and USA Volleyball to help get the sport off the ground. Those organizations helped six Historically Black Colleges and Universities launch men’s volleyball last year with a $1 million grant. EWC is the first HBCU in Florida to add men’s volleyball. Pending a successful transition this year, EWC will be positioned to qualify for and compete in the SIAC Championships.
EWC wide receivers coach dies at 46
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Edward Waters College community is mourning is the death of football assistant coach Cornelius Corprew. Corprew was set to begin his first season as wide receivers coach for the Tigers. We are saddened to announce the passing of Wide Receivers Coach, Cornelius Corprew. Corprews most notable collegiate coaching stint was at Tulane University, where he spent three seasons, from 2014 to 2016, as the assistant director of player personnel and assistant wide receivers coach. On the high school level, Corprew spent two seasons as the offensive passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach at Jean Ribault High School from 2013 to 2014.
Even as opponents drop out, EWC has hopes set on playing football this season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. When the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference decided to not play football this fall, it put Edward Waters College in a strange position. The Tigers are not a member of the SIAC but the majority of their football schedule was filled with schools from the conference. Bryant did not set a timeline for the announcement of EWCs new football schedule. EWC is set to debut a new football stadium this year and this will be the first season for the soccer program. The Tigers currently have 152 players on their football roster and have ordered 175 Schutt splash shields for the football team.
Learning from Chiefs staff is opportunity of a lifetime for EWC coach Jean Dessein
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. NFL training camps get under way at the end of the month and Jean Dessein is preparing for the chance of a lifetime. The Coaching Fellowship has been around for more than 30 years and has helped over 2,000 minority coaches since its inception. Dessein will get the chance to learn from the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff. Im just there to soak it all in and just work.Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn got their starts as a part of this fellowship program. Dessein will spend three weeks with the Chiefs, spending time in the quarterbacks room and learning directly from veteran head coach Andy Reid.
EWC football team loses Week 1 opponent after Morehouse cancels season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Edward Waters first football game of the season against Morehouse has been canceled after its opponent announced that it would not field a football team in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Morehouse, a historically Black college in Atlanta, plays at the NCAA Division II level. The cross country team will also not compete this fall. Among local products on the Morehouse team, defensive back Ladedric Castellanos (Ware County) was on the Tigers team. Bowdoin College announced Monday that it was canceling the entire fall sports season.
As football facility takes shape, plenty of progress at EWC
Now, the project is nearing completion, and this will give the Tigers football team a place they can finally call home. Mayor Lenny Curry first designated funds to the football field in 2017. Just as a student body they like to see some excitement and now with the football field we are generating that excitement, he said. Like many other teams around the country the Tigers football program has not had a chance to work out together in months because of COVID-19. Once the field is completed it will be the home to more than just the EWC football team.
I-TEAM: EWC football players face eviction from off-campus apartments
I-TEAM: EWC football players face eviction from off-campus apartmentsPublished: December 20, 2019, 5:26 pmVIDEO: A group of Edward Waters College football players turned to the I-TEAM after receiving eviction notices at their off-campus apartment complex.