Meet Joe

Meet Joe

Joe is an inspirational, dynamic speaker and seminar leader who works with corporate, civic and community organizations and associations to promote growth, teamwork, effectiveness and individual responsibility.

Joe's approach to this vital work is grounded in the lessons and experiences of his own remarkable life and the profound impact he has had on others.

  • All-American football player and lettered lacrosse player at Syracuse University. Named to Syracuse University's All-Century Football Team and recipient of the Arents Award, SU's Most Distinguished Alumni honor for his contributions to society.
  • Played professional football for 13 years—Colts Man of the Year.
  • First Ed Block Courage Award Winner.
  • Featured on the cover of Parade Magazine which called Joe "The Most Important Coach in America" because of his work to transform the culture of sports.
  • Named one of The 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport.
  • Subject of the New York Times Bestseller Season of Life by Jeffrey Marx. Recognized for his revolutionary concepts of Team-Building, Mentoring and Coaching.
  • Co-founder with wife, Paula, of The Door, a community-based organization that addresses issues of poverty, systemic racism and social justice.
  • Co-founder with wife, Paula, of Building Men and Women for Others (BMWO), addressing issues of masculinity and femininity, also seeking to redefine and reframe the social responsibility of sports, coaches, parent and players. Addresses issues of violence and child advocacy.
  • Selected by Baltimore Business Journal as the Renaissance Person of the Decade for his dedication and commitment to Baltimore City's betterment.
  • Co-founder of Baltimore's Ronald McDonald House, which has served over 35,000 families from all over the world since its inception.
  • National Fatherhood Initiative's Man of the Year award for his work in improving the well being of children by helping fathers become more involved, responsible, and committed to their children.
  • Frederick Douglas National Man of the Year award for empowering youth to prevent rape and other forms of male violence.
  • Recognized by National Consortium For Academics and Sports for annual Coach's Giant Step Award for using the power and appeal of sports to positively effect social change.
  • Joe and his wife, Paula, have four children and reside in Baltimore. Paula Peach Ehrmann is a psychotherapist.