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Hofstra's Bill Edwards gets his 900th win in softball

Hofstra head coach Bill Edwards is seen on

Hofstra head coach Bill Edwards is seen on March 16, 2013. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Hofstra softball coach Bill Edwards reached a milestone Friday that few others have -- 900 wins.

Edwards, in his 25th season of coaching -- all at Hofstra -- improved to 900-405-3 after sweeping a split doubleheader against Eastern Michigan and Florida Gulf Coast on the opening day of the FGCU Tournament in Fort Myers, Fla.

Hofstra then topped Bethune-Cookman, 5-0, Saturday afternoon and beat Eastern Michigan, 8-0, Saturday night in five innings. Edwards became only the 23rd Division I coach to reach the 900 milestone and is 14th among active coaches. Since taking over the program in 1990, he has never had a losing season.

But for Edwards, it's not about the numbers or the career win total.

Being the best teacher he can be to his players and bringing Hofstra to national prominence has driven the coach, who has led the Pride to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the program's first super regional in 2012.

"I keep more track of the right hand of the [win-loss] column than the left," Edwards joked.

Edwards credited the scores of talented players and coaches he has worked with over the years.

"You can't get to 900 wins without phenomenal players and coaches," Edwards said. "Kudos to them."

Asked if there is one special moment that stands out, Edwards said, "There are just too many incredible moments to pick out one."

Edwards believes this season's squad, which improved to 8-1 after Saturday's two wins, can be very good. "We've been playing some great ball," the Northern Michigan graduate said. "We've gotten great pitching and I think we've committed just three errors in [our first] seven games."

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