Brian Edwards is in his first season as a full-time assistant coach and his third season as a member of the 49ers coaching staff. Edwards served as the 49ers part-time goalkeepers coach last season and in the 2013 season. Prior to returning to Charlotte, Edwards spent two seasons as a member of the Hofstra University coaching staff.
"We are very excited that Brian will be joining us full-time,” Langan said. “He has been in a coaching role with the program for two of the past four years and has impressed us all with his drive and knowledge of the game. As a player, he won a national championship and forged a great professional career and we know he will pass on those experiences to our players. As a Charlotte native it is great to welcome him home."
In 2013 and 2016, while Edwards was a member of the 49ers coaching staff, Charlotte captured a Conference USA regular-season and Conference USA Tournament titles and made two NCAA Tournament appearances.
A 2008 MLS SuperDraft second-round pick (28th overall) by Toronto FC, he played in nine games from 2008-09 and posted three shutouts with a 3-4-2 record. He played for the USL Second Division Charlotte Eagles in 2010 before signing with the San Jose Earthquakes of the MLS in September of that year. He spent the rest of the 2010 MLS season as San Jose’s backup goalkeeper behind former Charlotte 49ers All-American goalkeeper Jon Busch.
In 2011, he played for the Degerfors IF in the Swedish Second Division. He recorded the fourth highest save percentage in the league that season.
Edwards entered the pro ranks following an accomplished collegiate career in which he led Wake Forest to the 2007 national championship. From 2003-07, Edwards helped make the Demon Deacons a powerhouse in collegiate men’s soccer. He is the school’s all-time leader in goals-against-average at 0.78 and shutouts with 44.
Edwards made four saves in Wake Forest’s 2-1 win over Ohio State to secure the 2007 title and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player. In his senior season, he was named to the NSCAA All-South First Team and was selected to both the All-ACC First Team and ACC All-Tournament Team. During that season, he set the school’s single-season record for goals against average at 0.50 and tied the school record for shutouts in a season with 13.
Edwards graduated from Wake Forest with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in 2007. He has also served as the Coaching Director for the U11 and U12 boys of the Carolina Rapids Soccer Club.
JASON OSBORNE | Assistant Coach
Jason Osborne is in his fourth season as a member of the 49ers coaching staff. In his three seasons at Charlotte, Osborne has been a part of a coaching staff that has guided the 49ers to 41 wins, an Atlantic 10 regular-season title, a Conference USA regular season championship, a Conference-USA Tournament title, and three trips to the NCAA Tournament, including earning a national seed in the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Tournaments.
Since 2009, he has been the Boys’ Director of Coaching for F.C. Carolina Alliance. He has also spent the past five years as a member of North Carolina’s Olympic Development Coaching staff.
Prior to joining the F.C. Carolina Alliance coaching staff, he spent four years as Associate Head Coach at Gardner-Webb University from 2005-08. During his time at Gardner-Webb, he helped the Bulldogs reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2006.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, Osborne enjoyed a stellar four-year playing career at Stetson University (2001-04). He earned All-Atlantic Sun honors in each of his four seasons. He earned first-team All-Atlantic Sun honors in each of his last three collegiate seasons. As a junior and a senior, he was named NSCAA second-team All-Region.
Osborne helped Stetson qualify for the A-Sun Tournament in each of his four seasons, including leading the Hatters to the A-Sun Tournament Championship game in 2002. He earned A-Sun All-Tournament team honors twice.
The Leicester, England native was recently inducted into the Stetson University Athletic Hall of Fame after finishing his collegiate career with 22 goals, 19 assists and 63 career points.
Osborne also represented Great Britain in the World University games in Turkey in 2005 and Thailand in 2007. He received eight caps for the England Futsal team.
Osborne graduated from Stetson with a degree in Business Administration in 2004. He earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Gardner-Webb in 2007.
Osborne and his wife Jamie, along with their daughters Gracie (6) and Maggie (2), reside in Salisbury.