Don Edwards

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Don Edwards first came to University of California, Riverside as head baseball coach and assistant football coach in 1956. After leaving for a few years to complete his PhD in Physical Education from Indiana University, he returned to the diamond as baseball coach at UCR. In 1967, he started the popular Riverside Baseball Invitational and served as tournament director for 15 years.

  • Biography

    Don Edwards first came to University of California, Riverside as head baseball coach and assistant football coach in 1956. After leaving for a few years to complete his PhD in Physical Education from Indiana University, he returned to the diamond as baseball coach at UCR. In 1967, he started the popular Riverside Baseball Invitational and served as tournament director for 15 years.

    Known as “The RBI”, it was the first in-season, premier collegiate baseball tournament of its kind, featuring NCAA Division I teams from across the country. Over 50 future Major League Baseball players and teams from 26 states came and spent a week in Riverside playing baseball. Don coached at UCR for 10 seasons, was an assistant coach for the 1975 USA Pan American silver medalist team, and served on the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee for 10 years. He retired in 1989 after a 30-year career at UCR as a coach, professor and chair of the physical education department. Don Edwards authored the Baseball Coaches Complete Handbook, and has three other Hall of Fame honors: UCR Athletic Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award in 1990; inductee of the Western Michigan Hall of Fame in 1991; and the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1994.

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1 Comment

  • sam ewing
    March 12, 2019 Reply

    I played for Don in the basin league at Rapid City in the late 60's. He was an excellent coach and manager. Don was fair, loved the game and his players and we won our division. On that team we had Steve Sturgis, Mike Camp, Steve Houk, Rob Ellis , Tom Badcock. Several players went on to play professional baseball and I was fortunate enough to make it to major leagues.

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