Joe Ehrmann
Joe Ehrmann (SUBMITTED)

Joe Ehrmann, "The Most Important Coach in America" according to Parade Magazine, will present the keynote address for this year's Chloé Eichelberger Business Education Series at 7 p.m., Sept. 25, at York College's Waldner Performing Arts Center.

The event is open to the public free of charge.

Ehrmann will also present a breakfast workshop on transformation leadership from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., Oct. 31, in the Willman Business Center's Yorkview Hall. Registration is required by Oct. 20 for this event at Space is limited.

Ehrmann has been an athlete, educator, motivator, coach and professional speaker for more than 30 years. He's written a book, "InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives."

According to Ehrmann: "Great coaching goes beyond X's and O's and focuses on the Y's. Why isn't your team more engaged and performing at its full capability? Why do you coach or lead the way you do? It's the Y's that get you to the deeper question of purpose, preparation and planning to win in business, on the field, and in life."

Ehrmann was an All-America football player at Syracuse University, lettered in lacrosse and was selected to the Syracuse All-Century Football Team. He went on to play professional football for 13 years and was named the Baltimore Colts' "Man of the Year" and the NFL's first Ed Block Courage Award winner. Parade Magazine featured him on its cover and named him "The Most Important Coach in America" because of his work to transform the culture of sports. In addition, he was selected as one of the "Most Influential Sport Educators in America" by the Institute for International Sport.


Ehrmann is co-founder of Baltimore's Ronald McDonald House and was chosen by the Baltimore Business Journal as the "Renaissance Person of the Decade" for his dedication and commitment to Baltimore's betterment. He co-founded The Door, a community-based organization that addresses issues of poverty, systemic racism and social justice. Other honors include being named the National Fatherhood Initiative's "Man of the Year" for his work in improving the well-being of children by helping fathers become more involved, responsible, and committed to their children. Ehrmann was also awarded the Frederick Douglass National Man of the Year for empowering youth to prevent rape and other forms of male violence. He is the subject of the New York Times Best Seller "Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood."

Ehrmann's organization, Coach for America, was established "to inform, inspire and initiate individual, communal and societal change that will empower men and women to be their very best - personally, professionally and relationally."