Earl W. Edwards accepted the position of Director of Athletics at UC San Diego in March of 2000. Since his arrival, UCSD Athletics has consistently been recognized at the national level for its academic and athletic achievements.
Under his guidance, the 23-sport program has made a very successful transition from the NCAA Division III ranks to Division II. In fact, UC San Diego has surpassed all expectations at the D-II level, capturing women’s soccer national championships in both 2000 and 2001 and the softball national title in 2011.
Since moving to Division II in 2000, UCSD has been ranked among the top seven programs in the country on 10 different occasions in the annual Directors' Cup standings. In 2004 and again in 2007, UCSD was the national runner up.
UC San Diego has also won five of the last nine California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Commissioners' Cup titles, an award that recognizes the best overall athletics program in the prestigious conference.
Additionally, UCSD has been ranked first among all Division II institutions in the last seven National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Collegiate Power Rankings, which comprehensively measure student-athlete graduation rates, academic strength and athletic prowess. Listed in the NCSA's rankings for the ninth consecutive year in 2013, UC San Diego placed 17th of all schools in the country. In 2007, UCSD garnered its highest national ranking to date, coming in at No. 4.
UC San Diego was one of just 27 institutions to be honored with a 2014 NCAA Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence, earned by achieving a four-year Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90 percent or higher.
Edwards has served on many national and regional committees and organizations throughout his career. Currently, he sits on the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Division II Board of Directors and the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) Board of Directors. Edwards is also an ex-officio board member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NADD) and has served as the organization's president. In addition, he is a member of the CCAA's Executive Council.
Edwards was on NACDA's Executive Committee from 2003-07 and has been part of the Division II Management Council, the Division II Championships and Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee, the Walter Byers Scholarship Committee and the Committee for Women’s Athletics.
In the San Diego community, Edwards serves on the La Jolla Country Day School Board of Trustees and the Executive Board of Summerbridge San Diego, a program that supports elementary and middle school students' development in preparation for college and career opportunities.
Edwards has published several articles in Athletic Management and was featured on the cover of the June 2007 issue.
Also in 2007, Edwards was named the West Region Athletics Director of the Year by NACDA.
In addition to working as Athletics Director at East Stroudsburg University and UC San Diego, he has athletics administration experience at the University of Massachusetts, UC Davis, the University of Michigan and Drexel University.
A 1972 graduate of East Stroudsburg, Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He went on to receive a master's in Sports Administration from the University of Massachusetts in 1973.