Eddie Garfinkle was named Head Football Coach at Birmingham-Southern College in February 2008 after serving as the school's defensive coordinator in 2007, the College's first year of playing football since 1939. Garfinkle holds an overall record of 35-33 in his seven years as head football coach.
In 2010, BSC finished 6-4 with its first four year senior class. The Panthers were 3-4 against SCAC opponents. The 2010 season featured first time victories over Lagrange College and Huntingdon College. Ten of Garfinkle's players earned All Conference accolades including senior tailback Walter Arrington, the league's leading rusher.
In 2011, Birmingham-Southern improved its record to 7-2 while finishing 4-2 against Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) opponents, finishing third in the conference. BSC began the season with a 5-0 record, earning a first ever Top 25 Division III national ranking. Fourteen Panther players earned All Conference Honors with junior tailback Shawn Morris voted the SCAC Offensive Player of the Year. Morris also made the d3football.com First Team All American and Second Team Associated Press Little All American teams.
The 2012 season featured a Birmingham-Southern team that started 5-0 and was ranked as high as 15th in the D3football.com Top 25 national poll. After three straight losses, the Panthers rebounded to beat conference foes Centre and Millsaps on the road to finish 7-3 and earn a share of the SAA Championship. Thirteen Panthers were named to the All-SAA team.
In both 2013 and 2014 the Panthers finished 3-3 in SAA conference play, finishing tied for 4th in 2013 and tied for 3rd in 2014.
Before arriving on the Hilltop, Garfinkle spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Spain Park High School in Hoover, Ala., working as defensive and kicking game coordinator, as well as linebackers coach. The Jaguars made the playoffs in 2003 in only the first year that Spain Park had a senior class. The following year, the Jaguars lost to Hoover in the Quarterfinals of the AHSAA State playoffs, finishing with a 9-4 mark.
He coached linebackers at Georgia Southern University from 1992-1996 before going into private business from 1997-2001. The Eagles won the Southern Conference Championship in 1993 and advanced to the playoffs in 1995 - both of those years the Eagles lost in the NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinals to eventual national champions Youngstown State (1993) and Montana (1995).
Garfinkle entered the coaching ranks as an assistant coach at Jacksonville State University following his three-year career at linebacker for the Gamecocks. He began as a student/graduate assistant coach from 1980-81, and spent from 1982-1985 as defensive end and defensive line coach. Garfinkle wrapped up his JSU stint as Defensive Coordinator and linebackers coach from 1986-1991.
The Gamecocks won seven Gulf South Conference titles and made the NCAA Division II playoffs nine times during Garfinkle's 15-year tenure as a player and coach. JSU played in the National title game three times in 1977, 1989, and 1991. During those years, Garfinkle's defenses consistently ranked in the top five in the national statistics, ranking first in scoring defense in 1989.
Garfinkle earned a B.S. in Education from Jacksonville State in 1981 and went on to complete a Master's in Education in 1982. He is married to the former Jan Johnson of Jacksonville, Ala., and the couple resides in Hoover, Ala. They have three grown children: Katie, Elyssa, and Jake.