Before the head strength and conditioning coach position for the NC State football team opened up this winter, it had been quite some time since former four-year letterwinner Corey Edmond had been back to Raleigh.
In fact, it had been since 2003, when the Murphy Center opened, that Edmond was on campus last, so he was taken aback by how much things have changed during his absence.
"It's great to come back to NC State, it's a great feeling," he said. "I've been gone a while so it will take some getting used to. When I came back and walked the facility, I was just floored by the changes - the facility itself and the whole stadium have transformed over the years. It isn't just the stadium or the athletics buildings, though, the whole campus has changed and grown so it's an exciting time.
"I was very excited when I heard about the opening, it was a great opportunity. I couldn't have asked for anything better than this situation. I've been out in this profession for 20 years and now I am getting the opportunity to invest in the lives of players at a place that is so dear to my heart."
Edmond lettered at linebacker for the Wolfpack from 1987-90 under coach Dick Sheridan. After graduation, he signed a free agent contract with the Houston Oilers in 1991 then returned to State to finish his degree in 1993 after his professional career ended. Then, he embarked on his coaching career; from 1993-95, he served as an assistant football coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and then became the head strength and conditioning coach for the Mocs from 1996-99.