Edward Waters U Men’s Basketball Staff Update

Edward Waters head men’s basketball coach Cabral Huff has finalized his assistant coaching staff, it was announced this week.

Joining Huff on the sidelines are Brandon Britt, Chris Reedy, and EWU alum and former 1,000 point scorer for the Tigers, Charles-Eddie “Chuck” Smith.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Brandon Britt comes to Jacksonville after spending four season as the head boys basketball coach at Western High School, where in his final season, he led the Warriors to a 23-5 record, the best record in school history and earned a berth in the regional tournament for the first time in 10 season. Additionally, he mentored 13 student-athletes that earned college scholarships. Prior to his time at Western, he was the head coach of the Stamina AAU Boys 14-U Basketball Program, where his team posted a 58-4 record and were ranked the #1 AAU team in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Britt began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, Indiana University Southeast for two seasons, where he helped take the Grenadiers to 31 wins during his time, developed four NAIA All-Americans, and seven All-Conference selections. 

Britt also was a two-sport student-athlete, starting his playing career at NAIA Campbellsville University where he was a member of the Tigers’ football team, before transferring to IU Southeast and joining the basketball program. Britt is married to his wife Angel who he has two children with, Ari and Braxton.

Coach Huff on Britt:  “Coach Britt’s background at the grassroots level (High School & AAU) as well as the collegiate level were reasons I felt he would be an essential part of the staff here at EWU. His attention to detail is the reason he is know as a “developer” of talent as well as a builder of programs. His ties to different recruiting areas were important to our recruiting efforts. He is a tireless worker who isn’t afraid to find a way to get the job done. His experience as a Head High School Coach will pay dividends in the EWU program. I’m ecstatic to bring Coach Britt and his family here to Duval.”

Coach Chris Reedy joins the Tiger coaching staff after spending the past three seasons as an assistant at Chattahoochee Valley Community College, a junior college in Phenix City, Alabama. Last season, he helped lead the Pirates to a 22-9 record, including going 15-7 against Alabama Community College Conference competition. While at CVCC, he recruited 10 All-ACCC selections and four All-ACCC Tournament team members. Reedy is no stranger to NCAA Division II competition, as prior to his time at CVCC, he spent three seasons as a graduate assistant and an assistant coach at Columbus State University, where he mentored three All-Peach Belt Conference selections.

Coach Huff on Reedy: “Coach Reedy’s background at the JUCO level as well as at the D2 level were reasons I felt that he would be a great and integral member of the staff here at EWU. His relentless work ethic & knowledge of high level recruitable athletes at all levels cannot be questioned as well as his ability to foster and build relationships. Therefore, his experience at multiple levels along with his tireless work ethic in fostering & building relationships in and out the recruiting realm will help us not only recruit the best student-athletes to EWU but re-recruit our own student-athletes each year as we build here in Duval. I’m excited to have Coach Reedy here at EWU.”

A very familiar face to Edward Waters, Charles-Eddie “Chuck” Smith comes back to his alma mater to begin his collegiate coaching career. A native of Varnville, South Carolina, Smith was a four-year men’s basketball letterwiner at Edward Waters where he was a multiple time All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference selection under former head coach Frank Burnell. Smith is also a member of the EWU Men’s Basketball “1000 Point Club”, wrapping up his career with 1,071 career points. Smith averaged 10.5 points per game over his career, connected on 39.8% of his shots from the floor, including going 32.3% from three-point range. Smith graduated from Edward Waters in 2018 with a degree in Physical Education. Smith is also a member of the Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Since earning his degree, Smith remained in the Jacksonville area, serving as Sports Director for the YMCA of the First Coast. He is also the coach and owner of Team 1K, an AAU Boys Basketball program in Jacksonville. 

Coach Huff on Smith: “Coach Smith’s background in Duval as a former student-athlete at EWU was essential to adding him to the staff here at EWU. He is a sponge as a young coach that is connected to the communities of Jacksonville with his work at the YMCA here in town as well as his direct connection to the alumni and former players of this great institution and program. His ability to help players develop as well as foster & build relationships on and off campus along with his ability to grow as a coach are why Coach Smith will help us as a member of our staff. I’m grateful and blessed to bring Coach Smith back home here at EWU.” 


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