Like father, like son. Special scrimmage to honor a legendary coach

New Hartford held a special scrimmage Saturday morning against Amsterdam as they honored legendary coach Don Edick. It was equally special for Don’s son Doug, the Amsterdam head coach, as well as for Coach’s family.

Posted: Aug. 25, 2018 11:53 PM
Updated: Aug. 25, 2018 11:53 PM

New Hartford held a special scrimmage Saturday morning against Amsterdam as they honored legendary coach Don Edick.

It was equally special for Don’s son Doug, the Amsterdam head coach, as well as for Coach’s family.

It all came full circle for the coaching icon as he stepped onto the field that was named after him.

New Hartford's current head coach, Jim Kramer and the Spartans thought what better way to honor 'Coach' than to bring in the Amsterdam Rams and scrimmage against his son, Doug.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Coach Edick's work: in 21 years at the helm, New Hartford was 124-49-6.

That includes a 12-year stretch when the Spartans won 89 games and only lost 18. Also during that stretch, they had three unbeaten seasons.

They also won four straight Section III titles and five in seven years.

This was truly a special moment for the New Hartford community and the Edick family.

"I learned a lot from him," said Doug. "Discpline , he always taught that and all his teams were very disciplined and he instilled that into me as a coach."

'Coach' has been battling cancer. He said the treamtents are going really and he feels better everyday.

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