Herman Edwards, the former NFL player and head coach, and current analyst for ESPN, visited Truman in April as part of the Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series.
After a 10-year playing career, which included a trip to Super Bowl XV with the Philadelphia Eagles, Edwards moved to the sideline and has served as the head coach of the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. Off the field he and his wife Lia are involved in various philanthropic efforts, including his own charity, the Herm Edwards Youth Foundation. He also devotes his time to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs and the All Pro Dad initiative, a parenting program that has received national recognition.
A masterful and energetic motivator, Edwards’ presentation focused on establishing a life plan in order to achieve goals. He also stressed the importance of service and giving back to the community.
The Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series is named in honor of Squire Paul and Meeda (Daniel) Holman by their children to honor their parents’ long association with the University. It is funded through an endowment with the Truman State University Foundation.