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  Dennis Erickson
Dennis  Erickson

Player Profile
Asst Head Coach/Running Backs

Alma Mater:
Montana State (1970)


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Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs
3rd Year

Coaching Experience

2015- Utah
Assistant Head Coach
1987-88 Washington State
Head Coach
2014 Running Backs
Running Backs
1986 Wyoming
Head Coach
2013 Co-Offensive Coordinator
Running Backs
1982-85 Idaho
Head Coach
2007-11 Arizona State
Head Coach
1979-81 San Jose State
Offensive Coordinator
2006 Idaho
Head Coach
1976-78 Fresno State University
Offensive Coordinator
2003-05 San Francisco 49ers
Head Coach
abc 1974-75 Idaho
Offensive Coordinator
1999-2002 Oregon State
Head Coach
1971-73 Montana State
Running Backs
1995-98 Seattle Seahawks
Head Coach
1970 Billings HS (Mont.)
Head Coach
1989-94 Miami (Fla.)
Head Coach
1969 Montana State
Graduate Assistant

Bowl Games

2014 Las Vegas Bowl
2011 Las Vegas Bowl
2007 Holiday Bowl
2002 Insight Bowl
2000 Fiesta Bowl
1999 Oahu Bowl
1994 Orange Bowl
1993 Fiesta Bowl
1992 Sugar Bowl
1991 Orange Bowl
1990 Cotton Bowl
1989 Sugar Bowl
1988 Aloha Bowl

Dennis Erickson, who amassed a 179-96-1 record and won two national championships in 23 seasons as a head college coach, is now in his third year as a Utah assistant. In the offseason, Erickson, who coaches the running backs, was promoted to assistant head coach.

Erickson helped develop junior college transfer Devontae Booker into one of the nation’s best running backs a year ago. Booker, a first-team All-Pac-12 pick in his first NCAA season, rushed for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was also appointed to the All-Pac-12 Academic first team.

Erickson joined the Utah staff in 2013 as the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach after coming out of a “retirement” that lasted just a single season.

The legendary coach won national titles in 1989 and 1991 as the coach at Miami (Fla.) and was the 2000 Sporting News National Coach of the Year while at Oregon State. He has been the head coach at six universities—three of them Pac-12 schools (Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona State)—and with two NFL teams (Seattle and San Francisco).

He is the only coach to win Pac-10 Coach of the Year at three schools—sharing the honor in 1988 at Washington State, and winning it outright in 2000 at OSU and in 2007 at ASU.  He was also the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year while at Idaho and a three-time Big East Conference Coach of the Year at Miami.

Erickson has coached 16 first-team All-Americans in his career (six consensus) and he has had players win the Heisman Trophy, the Outland Trophy, and the Lou Groza, Lombardi, Davey O’Brien, Johnny Unitas and Bronko Nagurski awards. Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft.

Erickson got his head coaching start at Idaho, compiling a 32-15 mark from 1982-85 before leaving for Wyoming. After a 6-6 season in Laramie, he was hired by Washington State, where he went 12-10-1 from 1987-88. A 9-3 season in 1988 that included a win over No. 1 ranked UCLA landed Erickson the job at Miami. He coached the Hurricanes for six seasons (1989-94), winning two national championships and three of four Big East titles (Miami was an independent his first two seasons).

He logged a 63-9 record at Miami before heading to the NFL as the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. He went 31-33 in four seasons in Seattle (1995-98), returning to the college ranks in 1999 as the head coach at Oregon State. The Beavers went 7-5 in 1999 for their first winning season in 29 years and followed up with an 11-1 season in 2000 that culminated with a Fiesta Bowl win against Notre Dame. Erickson finished his OSU tenure with a 31-17 mark from 1999-2002 and returned to the NFL as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

After two seasons with the 49ers, he rejoined the college coaching ranks for his second stint as Idaho’s head coach. Arizona State lured Erickson away a year later and he led the Sun Devils to a share of the Pac-10 title in his first season. He went 31-31 at ASU from 2007-2011.

Before becoming a head coach, Erickson was the offensive coordinator at San Jose State (1979-81), Fresno State (1976-1978) and Idaho (1974-1975), the offensive backfield coach at Montana State (1971-1973), Billings High School’s head coach (1970) and a Montana State graduate assistant (1969).

In 2005, he was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame.

Playing Career
A two-time all-Big Sky quarterback who lettered for Montana State from 1966-68, he was honorable mention All-American as a senior.

Montana State, 1970
Bachelor's in physical education

Personal Data
Hometown: Everett, Wash.
Birthdate: March 24, 1947
Family: Wife Marilyn. Sons Bryce and Ryan.

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