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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
4th Year

Coaching Experience

2015- Utah
Assistant Head Coach
Running Backs
1987-88 Washington State
Head Coach
2014 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 Central HS (Mont.)
Head Coach
1989-94 Miami (Fla.)
Head Coach
1969 Montana State
Graduate Assistant

Bowl Games

2015 Las Vegas Bowl
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            

Dennis Erickson, who amassed a 179-96-1 record and won two national championships in 23 seasons as a college head coach, is now in his fourth year as a Utah assistant and his second as the assistant head coach. Erickson also coaches the running backs.

Erickson helped develop junior college transfer Devontae Booker into a two-time All-Pac-12 selection and a 1,000-yard rusher in back-to-back seasons in 2014-15. A fourth-round draft pick by the Denver Broncos after his senior season, Booker set Utah career records for rushing average (120.6) and 100-yard rushing games (14, tied).

Erickson joined the Utah staff in 2013 as the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach after a brief one-year retirement from coaching.

The legendary coach won national titles in 1989 and 1991 at Miami (Fla.) and was the 2000 Sporting News National Coach of the Year 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 has coached in 14 bowl games.

Erickson is the only person to win Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors 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 and Outland Trophy, as well as 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 from 1982-85 before taking the reins at Wyoming (1986) and Washington State (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 Big East titles (Miami was an independent his first two seasons).

From Miami, where he compiled an impressive 63-9 record, he became the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. After four seasons and a 31-33 mark in Seattle from 1995-98, he returned to the college ranks 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 from 1999-2002 with a 31-17 mark and returned to the NFL as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

He spent two seasons with the 49ers before returning to the Idaho football helm. 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.

Erickson was the offensive coordinator at San Jose State (1979-81), Fresno State (1976-1978) and Idaho (1974-1975), the running backs coach at Montana State (1971-1973), Billings Central 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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