2012 Hall of Fame Spotlight - Dan Edwards
"It caught me off guard at first," said Edwards. "It was exciting but also came with an emotion of humility and pride."
Edwards' father worked at WMU for 42 years as a part of the business college and for the longest time he remembers being apart of the WMU community and culture.
"This University made it's mark on me growing up," said Edwards. "Now being in the Hall of Fame, I feel like I've left my mark on this University."
Edwards, who played men's soccer from 1991-1994, is WMU's all-time leading scorer with 82 points (34 goals and 14 assists). He was also second in the record book with seven game-winning goals in a career.
"I wouldn't trade that experience for anything in the world," said Edwards.
He has a plethora of awards and honors, including in 1992 being named to the MAC Cup All-Academic Team and Second Team All-Great Lakes Region. In 1994 he was named to the Kwik Goal Classic All-Tournament Team, MAC All-Tournament Team, Third Team All-Great Lakes Region team and voted WMU Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year.
"I'm very proud to be apart of the Hall of Fame and WMU soccer," said Edwards. "Also, playing soccer kept me in shape which is important to a college kid."
After WMU, Edwards took his competitive nature into the world of business and immediately got a job in Battle Creek working in marketing for public defense. After three years he transitioned to the public sector of marketing and has been working there for the last 15 years.
"The competitive spirit is alive and well," said Edwards.
Edwards also has two sons who, like him, enjoy playing soccer.
"It's been fun raising, coaching and developing them into soccer players," said Edwards.
Edwards along with the other five inductees will be honored Friday and then Saturday during the halftime show of the home football game versus Northern Illinois.