Ed Coan was born in Detroit Michigan on June 30th, 1950. His father was a car mechanic and his mother worked at a clothing store. Ed’s parents divorced when he was young, but they remained close friends until Ed’s death from cancer at age 43. After his death, Ed lived with his sister Mary Ann (née O’Neill) and her husband Jack. Ed had two younger brothers: John Jr. and Michael.
After high school, Ed attended Wayne State University where he majored in journalism. He graduated magna in 1973 with a degree in mass communications. He then went on to work as a reporter for the Detroit Free Press and later the Detroit News before joining CNN as a sports anchor in 1982.
During his time there, he covered several major sporting events including the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and Stanley Cup finals.
In 1988, Ed became one of the first sports anchors to report live from the Persian Gulf War. He would go on to cover numerous other wars and conflicts throughout his career. In 1993, he began working for ESPN where he continued covering major sporting events such as the 1996 Olympics and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
In 2000, he joined NBC Sports Network where he covered Olympic games in Sydney and Athens. He also hosted a show called “The Best Of Ed Coan” on the Olympic Sports Channel.
Ed was widely regarded as a pioneer in sports journalism. He received three Emmy awards and two Associated Press Awards for his work and in 2008 he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Ed kept fit throughout his life by playing tennis, racquetball, running, swimming and cycling. He also swam competitively in high school and college. Ed’s other hobbies included fishing, chess, reading, listening to music and attending theatre and opera performances.
Ed’s community involvement was extensive and ongoing. In addition to his charity work for the Make-A-Wish Foundation he was also an advocate for cancer research and awareness. He participated in the annual Terry Fox Run to raise money for cancer research and helped raise more than one million dollars for the cause over the course of his life.