Herm Edwards





Former NFL head coach and ESPN Analyst Herm Edwards was named the 24th head coach of Sun Devil Football, as announced by Arizona State University and Vice President of University Athletics Ray Anderson on December 3, 2017.

At ASU, Edwards will take a proactive approach, drawing on his nearly three decades of NFL experience.  That experience will also be utilized in an effort to develop players to prepare for the next stage of their careers after college.
Edwards was tabbed by Anderson as someone who will be a “central leader with a collaborative staff around him that will elevate the performance of players and coaches on the field, in the classroom and in our community.  Equally important, Edwards will be a dynamic and tireless recruiter.”
Edwards spent eight years as an NFL head coach with the New York Jets (2001-05) and Kansas City Chiefs (2006-08).  He led his teams to four playoff appearances and is one of only four NFL coaches to lead two different teams to the playoffs in his first season as head coach with those teams.
Edwards most recently served as a coach for the past six years at the Under Armour All-American high school game and as an NFL analyst for ESPN since 2009.  He spent 10 seasons in the NFL as a cornerback between the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams, followed by another 18 years as a scout, position coach, assistant head coach and head coach between the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets.

A native of Seaside, Calif., Edwards graduated from Monterey High School and then went on to play cornerback for the University of California in 1972 and 1974 before he ended his collegiate career at San Diego State in 1975 with a degree in Criminal Justice.  Edwards also attended Monterey Peninsula College in 1973 and was inducted into the California Community College Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.


  An undrafted free agent who went on to have a 10-year NFL career, he never missed a game in his nine seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1977 to 1985.  Over the course of his nine years in Philadelphia, Edwards totaled 38 interceptions, which is just one short of the franchise record. He earned second-team All-NFC honors in 1980 to help lead the Eagles to Super Bowl XV.

Edwards retired from the NFL following the 1986 season, and as the first graduate of the league's Minority Coaching Fellowship, he immediately went into coaching as a defensive assistant at San Jose State University from 1987 to 1989.  In 1990, Edwards transitioned back into the NFL as a scout and defensive backs coach with the Chiefs from 1990 to 1995 under legendary head coach Marty Schottenheimer. He then served under Tony Dungy with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996-2000 before being hired as the head coach for the New York Jets in January 2001.

Over the course of five seasons Edwards led the Jets to three playoff berths, five postseason contests and a pair of 10-win seasons.  He started his second tour with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006 and became the first coach in franchise history to lead the team to the playoffs in his initial season.
Edwards joined ESPN in March 2009 as an NFL studio analyst. He appeared primarily on NFL Live and SportsCenter, while also contributing to ESPN Radio and the company’s annual Super Bowl coverage. He also worked local broadcasts of Eagles preseason games in 2009.
Edwards remains active in numerous charitable and philanthropic endeavors, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) along with his wife, Lia, who lives with Type I diabetes. He also created the Herman L. Edwards Family Youth Foundation in 1985 with the goal of making a direct impact on the lives of children on the Monterey Peninsula.
Edwards has been recognized by multiple organizations for his work in the community. He received the 2012 Walter Camp Foundation Man of the Year Award for his longtime contributions to the game of football; he was honored with Team ESPN’s Commentator of the Year Award in 2013; and in 2015 he received the prestigious Shell Legacy Award from the Shell Oil Company. Edwards was the recipient of the inaugural Voices Leadership Award in 2017. Voices is an organization that provides a wide range of support services for 9/11 families, responders and survivors.
Known for his dynamic motivational speaking, Edwards regularly addresses football players of all ages, as well as corporate groups. He spoke to incoming players at the NFL Players Association’s Rookie Premier in 2011.
Edwards co-authored the book You Play to Win the Game – Leadership Lessons for Success On and Off the Field with ESPN’s Shelley Smith, and he was involved in longtime NFL referee Jim Tunney’s book, It’s the Will, Not the Skill – Principles and Philosophies of Success as Seen Through the Eyes, Mind and Heart of Herm Edwards.
Edwards and his wife Lia are the proud parents of three children:  Marcus, Gabrielle and Vivian.