Jake Edwards played for Exeter between 2004 and 2006 and later went into football administration becoming head of the second and third-tier competition in the United States as well as chief executive of Huddersfield Town.
Born in Manchester, Jake moved to New Jersey as a child and later studied at James Madison University. Returning to Britain he joined Wrexham in August 1998 before moving on to Telford United and Yeovil Town at the start of the Somerset club’s time in the Football League.
After a season at Huish Park, Jake joined Exeter City - then in the Conference - in July 2004 making his debut against Morecambe at St James’ Park. A big, bustling player, he was later loaned to Tamworth in October 2005 and Chester City in March 2006.
After leaving Exeter in May 2006, he played in turn for Crawley Town, Tamworth, Burton Albion and Solihull Moors. It was at Solihull that Jake, who had by now obtained an MBA from Warwick Business School, first moved into the business side of football by becoming the club’s commercial manager. He subsequently retired from playing in 2010.
After working as a London-based consultant Jake was appointed vice-president of the USL Championship, the second-tier in the United States below the MSL, in July 2013. Two years later he became president and over the following eight years expanded the league’s operation into a third-tier men's competition, a women’s league and another men’s competition further down the system.
In June 2023, following the club's purchase by an American businessman, Jake became chief executive officer of Huddersfield Town.
League 48; Cups 6 (54)