In his 12th year at MSU and 27th year overall in intercollegiate athletics, Todd Edwards serves as Director of Academic Services for Student-Athletes as well as head academic coordinator for the Spartan Football program. His primary responsibility is overseeing academic support, which includes detailed monitoring of degree progress and eligibility. He also assists with the overall management of the unit and supervises the seven academic coordinators that serve all MSU sport programs.
Over the last 11 seasons (2004-14), Spartan football has produced 145 Academic All-Big Ten selections, including 11 following the 2014 season. MSU had a school-record and 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 nine selections to the Academic All-America team. Edwards has been one of the main reasons why 142 student-athletes have graduated under MSU head coach Mark Dantonio.
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 four years, equaling Duke for the most of any school in the NCAA FBS. Sadler became MSU’s first four-time Academic All-American and 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.
Prior to arriving in East Lansing, Edwards served as academic coordinator for the football program at Colorado State University (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.