In his 14th year at MSU and 29th year overall in intercollegiate athletics, Todd Edwards is in his first year as the Executive Director of Student-Athlete Support Services. This appointment follows 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.
Overall, Spartan student-athletes have performed at an increasingly high level over the past decade. Spring 2017 was another record-setting term as MSU student-athletes posted the highest-ever athletic department cumulative grade point average (3.1380), and marked the 13th consecutive term over a 3.0 cumulative GPA, as well as the 6th consecutive term that posted an all-time high. Spring ’17 also saw the department semester GPA break the 3.1 mark (3.1009; previous high was 3.0983 in Fall ’15). 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 68 student-athletes with a perfect Spring semester GPA of 4.0 (previous high was 65 in Spring 2016).
Over the last 14 seasons (2004-17), Spartan football has produced 210 Academic All-Big Ten selections, including a program-record 27 in 2017, marking the second-straight season and third in the last four years for setting a new program record. 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 188 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 six years. 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. 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 member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) where he previously served 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.