Joe Ehrmann was an All-American football player and lettered lacrosse player at Syracuse University. Named to Syracuse’s All-Century Football Team, Joe is a recipient of the University’s most distinguished alumni honor for his contributions to society. He played professional football for 13 years and was selected as the Colts Man of the Year and the very first Ed Block Courage Award Winner. During and follow- ing his football career, Joe matriculated at Dallas Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1985. Since 1995, he has been the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach at Gilman School in Baltimore. Parade Magazine featured him on its cover as The Most Important Coach in America because of his work to transform the culture of sports by reframing and redefining the social responsibility of coaches, parents and players. The Institute for International Sport named him one of The 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America. He is the subject of the New York Times Bestseller Season of Life by Jeffrey Marx, published by Simon and Schuster.
Joe and his wife Paula, a psychotherapist, co-founded Building Men and Women for Others (BMWO), an organization that holistically addresses issues of masculinity and femininity. BMWO also seeks to redefine and reframe the social responsibility of sports, coaches, parents and players, as well addressing issues of violence and child advocacy. They are also co-founders of The Door, an inner- city, community-based ministry that addresses issues of poverty, systemic racism and social justice. Joe is the co-founder of Baltimore’s Ronald McDonald House, which has served over 35,000 families from all over the world since its inception.
The Baltimore Business Journal selected Joe as the Renaissance Person of the Decade for his dedica- tion and commitment to Baltimore City’s betterment. He also was selected as the Frederick Douglas National Man of the Year Award for empowering male youth and the institutions that serve them to work as allies with women in preventing rape and other forms of male violence. The recipient of the National Fatherhood Initiative’s Man of the Year Award, Joe was honored for his work in improving the well being of children by helping fathers become more involved, responsible, and committed to their children. In 2007, the Father’s Day Council and American Diabetes Association recognized Joe as Father of the Year.
Joe Ehrmann is an inspirational, dynamic speaker and seminar leader who works with corporate, civic, and community organizations and associations to promote growth, teamwork, effectiveness and individ- ual responsibility. Joe and Paula have four children and reside in Baltimore.