While the casual hoops fan may not have noticed it, there was a small renaissance of sorts going on with Miami Edison’s boys’ basketball program.
Though the Red Raiders showed signs of improvement of the past half-decade, the coach behind it all has decided to move on.
SFHSSports learned Monday afternoon that Damon Wilcox has elected to step down as Edison’s head basketball coach – effective immediately.
Wilcox, a Birmingham Southern University grad, took over Edison’s program in 2011-12 – a year after the program had just completed a 6-17 season. In Wilcox’s tenure, the Red Raiders totaled a 66-50 record and were competitive in district play each season.
“When I took the job five years ago, my sole purpose was to try to restore the once rich tradition of Miami Edison boys’ basketball in the inner city,” Wilcox said via text message.
“I take solace in knowing that we had a positive impact on the many youths we came in contact with. Also, that I would like to thank everyone at Edison for the opportunity and wish them nothing but success in the future. I will continue to direct the Miami Midnites (ABA) as head coach.”
Wilcox’s coaching roots run deep in Miami-Dade County. He played at North Miami Beach under legendary coach Irv Balkman and had assistant coaching stints at Christopher Columbus under Butch Staiano and at Design & Architecture Senior High (DASH) under Charlie Funk.
Also, for the past two years, Wilcox has led the Miami Midnites – a semi-professional basketball club that is affiliated with the Israeli Maccabi Haifa professional club and competes in the Florida Basketball Association (FBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA) – to multiple FBA championships and consecutive appearances in the ABA Finals.