Joe Ehrmann: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Joe Ehrmann

Coach for America

Joe Ehrmann was an All-American football player and lettered lacrosse player at Syracuse University. Named to Syracuse’s All-Century Football Team, Ehrmann is a recipient of the University’s most distinguished alumni honor for his contributions to society. He played professional football for 13 years and was selected as the Colts Man of the Year and the NFL’s very first Ed Block Courage Award Winner. During and following his football career, Joe matriculated at Dallas Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1985. Parade Magazine featured him on its cover as “The Most Important Coach in America” because of his work to transform the culture of sports by reframing and redefining the social responsibility of coaches, parents, and players. He is the subject of the New York Times bestseller Season of Life by Jeffrey Marx which chronicles his revolutionary coaching concepts. The Institute for International Sport named him one of The 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America. The National Consortium for Academics and Sports awarded Ehrmann their Giant Step Award and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation named him as the Aspire Coach of the Year.

Ehrmann’s book, InSideOut Coaching explains how to become a trans-formational coach. Coaches first have to "go inside" and articulate their reasons for coaching. Only those who have taken the InSideOut journey can become transformational. He provides examples of coaches in his life who took this journey and taught him how to find something bigger than himself in sports. He describes his own InSideOut experience, starting with the death of his beloved brother, which helped him understand how sports could transcend the playing field. He gives coaches the information and the tools they need to become transformational.

Ehrmann has taken his message about the extraordinary power of sports all over the country. He has spoken to and has been warmly endorsed by NFL head coaches, athletic directors at major universities, high school head coaches, even business groups and community organizations.

Joe and his wife Paula, a psychotherapist, co-founded Coach for America which seeks to inform, inspire and initiate individual, communal and societal change. They are also co-founders of The Door, an inner-city, community-based ministry that addresses issues of poverty, systemic racism and social justice. Ehrmann is the co-founder of Baltimore’s Ronald McDonald House, which has served over 35,000 families from all over the world since its inception.

The Baltimore Business Journal selected Joe as the Renaissance Person of the Decade for his dedication and commitment to Baltimore City’s betterment. He also was selected as the Frederick Douglas National Man of the Year Award for empowering male youth and the institutions that serve them to work as allies with women in preventing rape and other forms of male violence. The recipient of the National Fatherhood Initiative’s Man of the Year Award, Ehrmann was honored for his work in improving the well being of children by helping fathers become more involved, responsible, and committed to their children. In 2007, the Father's Day Council and American Diabetes Association recognized him as Father of the Year.

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