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In his 15th year at MSU and 30th year overall in intercollegiate athletics, Todd Edwards is in his second year as the Executive Director of Student-Athlete Support Services. This appointment followed a long stint serving as Director of Academic Services for Student-Athletes as well as head academic coordinator for the Spartan football program. He oversees academic services for MSU’s 25 varsity sport programs, which includes detailed monitoring of degree progress and eligibility.  The SASS unit also coordinates career services and community outreach for all Spartan student-athletes.

Over the last 14 seasons (2004-17), Spartan football has produced 210 Academic All-Big Ten selections, including a program-record 27 in 2017. MSU had a Big Ten-best 18 Academic All-Big Ten selections in 2005, and 17 during MSU’s Big Ten and Rose Bowl Championship season in 2013. During that time, the Spartans have also had 10 selections to the Academic All-America team. Edwards has been one of the main reasons why more than 200 student-athletes have graduated under MSU head coach Mark Dantonio.

Overall, Spartan student-athletes have performed at an increasingly high level over the past decade. Spring 2018 was another record-setting term as MSU student-athletes posted the highest-ever athletic department cumulative grade point average (3.1709), which marked the 15th consecutive term over a 3.0 cumulative GPA. It was also a banner semester for teams and individuals as there were 18 teams with a cumulative GPA over 3.0 (all-time high was 19 in spring 2016). There were also a record 78 student-athletes with a perfect spring semester GPA of 4.0. In addition, eight students had a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA on the spring Academic All-Big Ten team, most in the conference.

Michigan State has placed three student-athletes in the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class (Kirk Cousins in 2011; Max Bullough in 2013; Mike Sadler in 2014) in the past seven years. Spartan football players have earned Academic All-America honors 10 times during Edwards’ tenure, most recently in 2017 as Cole Chewins garnered first-team accolades. Sadler, MSU’s first four-time Academic All-American, was a finalist for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy (nation’s top scholar-athlete). Bullough also earned first-team Academic All-America accolades in 2013 following his second-team selection in 2012. In 2009, Blair White became the program’s first Academic All-America First Team selection since 1993 with his 3.89 GPA in human biology. Two other former Spartan leaders, center Chris Morris and quarterback Drew Stanton, also received second-team Academic All-America accolades in 2005. In addition, six Spartans (Stanton, White, Cousins, Sadler, Jack Allen and Josiah Price) have earned the Big Ten’s highest award, the Conference Medal of Honor, for outstanding athletic and academic achievement.

Prior to arriving in East Lansing, Edwards served as academic coordinator for the football program at Colorado State (1998-2004). During his time there, the Rams had 78 Academic All-Conference selections as well as six Academic All-America picks. The Rams also enjoyed considerable success on the field, winning three Mountain West Conference titles (1999, 2000, 2002) and earning five consecutive bowl bids (1999-2003).

From 1989-97, Edwards coached football in various positions at Southern Illinois, Colorado State, Oklahoma, South Dakota Tech and Westmar (Iowa).

A native of Stroud, Oklahoma, Edwards earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics in 1989 from Tabor College (Kansas), where he was a three-year starter as a defensive lineman. He holds an M. Ed. in education and human resource studies from Colorado State University. Edwards is a former member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) where he currently serves on the Board of Directors as Region III Director.  He’s also a member of the National Football Foundation.

Edwards is married to the former Kari Clifford of Sioux City, Iowa, and they have five children.

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Todd Edwards

Executive Director of Student-Athlete Support Services