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Dennis Erickson
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Everett, Wash.
High School: Everett High School

Bob Stoops, Oklahoma (12 years), 129-31-0 (.806)
Gary Patterson, TCU (11 years), 98-28-0 (.778)
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame (22 years), 191-63-2 (.750)
Joe Paterno, Penn State (45 years), 401-136-3 (.745)
Steve Spurrier, South Carolina (21 years) 186-73-2 (.716)
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech (14 years), 133-53-0 (.715)
Nick Saban, Alabama, (15 years), 129-53-1 (.708)
Chris Ault, Nevada (26 years), 219-97-1 (.692)
Mack Brown, Texas, (27 years), 219-108-1 (.669)
Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech (30 Years), 240-118-4 (.669)
Dennis Erickson Arizona State, (22 years), 173-89-1 (.660)
*Minimum 10 years as a head coach; record at four-year colleges only and bowl games included

Greg Hansen: An elderly 63, Erickson still a solid coach who will prove it next year (Arizona Daily Star/Nov. 30, 2010)

Trying to do a Sun Devil of a job (Portland Tribune, March 3, 2009 in PDF Format)

Coach Erickson Game-By-Game

Erickson Record vs. All Opponents

Sporting News Ranks BCS Coaches, Coach Erickson Among the Best (April 10, 2008)

Erickson happy, ready for ASU to be home (, April 4, 2007)

Experts Say Erickson Will Deliver (Arizona Republic, Jan. 31, 2007)

--On Dec. 11, 2006, Arizona State named Dennis Erickson its 22nd football coach and quickly put his winning imprint on the program. The Sun Devils shared the Pac-10 championship and won 10 games in 2007 as Erickson was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the third time in his career.

--Coach Erickson is a two-time national champion (1989 and 1991) and the 2000 Sporting News National Coach of the Year. He has wins in the Fiesta, Sugar and Orange Bowls in his career.

--Coach Erickson, 173-89-1 (.660) in 22 seasons entering 2001, is known in the Pac-10 as the architect of one of college football's biggest turnarounds when he coached at Oregon State from 1999-2002. He led the Beavers, who had not had a winning season since 1970 (when Richard Nixon was still a popular President) to a 7-5 record in his first season. He then grabbed the attention of the football world with an 11-1 mark in 2000, punctuated by a 41-9 defeat of No. 10 Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, 2001, OSU's first bowl win since the 1962 Liberty Bowl. OSU ended the season ranked fourth in the final AP poll and led the Pac-10 in scoring offense (32.6 points per game), scoring defense (18.5 ppg.) and total defense (314.4 yards per game). Coach Erickson earned Sporting News National Coach of the Year while the Pac-10 coaches gave him conference honors. In addition to the Fiesta Bowl win over the tenth-ranked Irish, he led the Beavers to wins over eighth-ranked USC (the school's first win over the Trojans since 1967), at No. 23 UCLA (OSU's first road win over a ranked team since 1970) and vs. No. 5 Oregon in 2000 as well as a win over eighth-ranked Washington in 2001 (first win over the Huskies since 1985).

--Since entering the head-coaching scene in 1982 at Idaho, he has shown the ability to beat the best, as Lou Holtz and Erickson are the only coaches to win three games against the No. 1 ranked team in the Associated Press poll since 1988. He led unranked Washington State to a 34-30 win at top-ranked UCLA on Oct. 29, 1988, and then beat top-ranked Notre Dame 27-10 in his first year at Miami on Nov. 25, 1989, which stopped a 23-game win streak for the Fighting Irish. His Hurricanes then beat rival Florida State 17-16 on Nov. 16, 1991, in Tallahassee to end the Seminoles' 16-game win streak. Only five teams have won a road game at a top-ranked team since that game.

--His career has had him in the national picture since moving from Pullman, Wash., to Florida in 1989 and taking over the Miami head coaching job after Jimmy Johnson left to coach the Dallas Cowboys. As the 18th head coach of Miami, the 41-year old Erickson became just the second Division I head coach to win a national title in his first season at a school, leading the Hurricanes to an 11-1 record and the school's third national title in seven seasons which was capped by a 33-25 win over seventh-ranked Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. That team boasted the nation's top defense as it led the nation in fewest yards allowed per game (216.5) and points per game (9.3). The Hurricanes didn't allow a touchdown during a 10-quarter stretch and held six opponents without a touchdown. It was the springboard that would lead to a 63-9 record (.875) while in South Florida, best by any Hurricane coach.

His 1990 squad went 10-2, including a 46-3 win over third-ranked Texas in the Cotton Bowl. Miami finished third in the national polls behind a school-record 482.9 yards per game of total offense, with another school record set in passing yards (324.8). The defense allowed just 79.7 rushing yards. That team also received mention as the national champion by the New York Times and the Jeff Sagarin Computer Ratings.

--The second national title for Coach Erickson came in 1991 as Miami went 12-0 as it won the Associated Press vote and Washington was the Coaches' Poll winner. The Hurricanes shut out Nebraska 22-0 in the Orange Bowl and allowed just 100 points all year.

--Despite the national titles and the OSU turnaround, Erickson's finest coaching job might have been in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew ripped through South Florida, as several of Miami's coaches (including Erickson), staff and students were moved out of their homes to Vero Beach (200 miles away) to complete preseason drills. Top-ranked Miami, despite the adversity, won its first game, a 24-7 contest at Iowa, and went 11-0 during the year, defeating three top-10 teams, including two on the road. It fell to second-ranked and undefeated Alabama 34-13 in the Sugar Bowl. Erickson earned Big East Coach of the Year while quarterback Gino Torretta earned the Heisman Trophy.

--His first trip through the Pac-10 was in 1987 when he took over at Washington State. The Cougars had been 7-14-1 the previous two seasons and Erickson's first squad went 3-7-1. One year later, the 1988 Cougars finished 9-3, won at top-ranked UCLA, won their first bowl game since 1931 (defeating No. 14 Houston 24-22 in the Aloha Bowl) and were ranked 16th in the final Associated Press poll, their first top-25 finish since 1972 and highest since 1951 (tied for 14th). The six-win improvement was tied for the best in the nation. All those numbers and goals were enough to make the University of Miami come calling.

--Coach Erickson got his start in coaching in the early 1980s at the University of Idaho, also where he coached in 2006. After being named head coach on Dec. 11, 1981, he won more than 70 percent of his games in his four years and reached the Division I-AA playoffs twice. In his first season, he led the Vandals to the Division I-AA playoffs. He made a return trip in 1985 but lost to Eastern Washington 42-38. He moved onto to Wyoming and went 6-6 in 1986 as the Cowboys won games at Air Force and at Wisconsin before Washington State offered him its head coaching job.

--He was as an assistant at San Jose State (1979-81), the offensive coordinator at Fresno State (1976-1978) and at 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) before earning the Idaho job prior to the 1982 season.

--Twice Erickson tried the NFL after excellent college performances. He took over the Seattle Seahawks in 1995 and went 31-33 in four seasons, competing against the eventual Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos twice a year. In 2003 and 2004 he coached the San Francisco 49ers and went 9-23 in two seasons.

He graduated from Everett High School near Seattle in 1965 and earned a bachelor's degree in 1970 from Montana State where he was a two-time All-Big Sky quarterback. His family includes his wife, Marilyn, and sons Bryce and Ryan.


Born: March 24, 1947, in Everett, Wash.
Family: Wife, Marilyn, and sons Bryce and Ryan

High School: Graduate of Everett High School in 1965
College: Bachelor's Degree in physical education from Montana State in 1970

Three-year letterman (1966-68) at Montana State
Two-time All-Big Sky selection at quarterback

• Won his first 32 home games at Miami from Sept. 3, 1989 until falling to Washington on Sept. 24, 1994. Those 32 wins remain part of the longest home winning streak in college football history, as Miami won 58 straight from 1985 to 1994. Coach Erickson and his staff defeated seven ranked teams during the streak, including victories over No. 1 Notre Dame (Nov. 25, 1989), No. 2 Florida State (Oct. 6, 1990) and No. 3 Florida State (Oct. 3, 1992).
• Coach Erickson's team have finished in the Associated Press Top 25 at the end of the year seven times (including ASU in 2007), with Miami earning the No. 1 ranking in 1989 and 1991 and also finishing third in 1990 and 1992. The Hurricanes were No. 15 in 1993 while Oregon State climbed all the way to fourth in 2001.
• Has been the head coach twice in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 match up. His second ranked Hurricane squad won at top-ranked Florida State, 17-16, on Nov. 16, 1991, while second-ranked Alabama topped his top-ranked Hurricanes on Jan. 1, 1993, in the Sugar Bowl.
• He is the only coach to win Pac-10 Coach of the Year at three schools, as he shared the honor at Washington State with Larry Smith of USC in 1988, won it outright in 2000 while at Oregon State and in 2007 in his first year at Arizona State. ASU's Bruce Snyder, the 1996 winner, also won the honor in 1990 while he was at California and is the only coach to win it at two schools. Coach Erickson also has been named Coach of the Year in the Big Sky and the Big East.
• He has posted more victories over the No. 1 ranked team (three) than eight Pac-10 schools. Arizona and Oregon State have done it twice, while ASU, Stanford, Washington and Washington State all have done it once. Cal and Oregon have never done it, while USC has done it seven times and UCLA three.
• Of his 20 teams, 15 have competed in postseason play and he has five bowl victories.

Head Coach, Arizona State - 2007-present
Head Coach, University of Idaho - 2006
Head Coach, San Francisco 49ers (NFL) - 2003-05
Head Coach, Oregon State University - 1999-02
Head Coach, Seattle Seahawks (NFL) - 1995-98
Head Coach, University of Miami (Fla.) - 1989-94
Head Coach, Washington State University - 1987-88
Head Coach, University of Wyoming - 1986
Head Coach, University of Idaho - 1982-85
Assistant Coach, San Jose State University - 1979-81
Assistant Coach, Fresno State University (offensive coordinator) - 1976-78
Assistant Coach, University of Idaho (offensive coordinator) - 1974-75
Assistant Coach, Montana State University (offensive backfield coach) - 1971-73
Head Coach, Billings (Mont.) High School - 1970
Graduate Assistant Coach, Montana State University - 1969

2000 The Sporting News National Coach of the Year
1988, 2000 and 2007 Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year
Two-time National Champion at Miami (1989 and 1991)
Three wins over the nation's top-ranked team
2005 inductee into the University of Miami Athletic Hall of Fame

Erickson's Year-by-Year As A College Head Coach:

1982Idaho9-4-0.6925-2-0Wins first round playoff game
1985Idaho9-3-0.7506-1-0Advances to playoffs
1987Washington State3-7-1.3181-5-1One year later, 6-win upgrade is tops in nation
1988Washington State9-3-0.7505-3-0Victory at #1 UCLA; first bowl since 1931
1989Miami (FL)11-1-0.917National Champions
1990Miami (FL)10-2-0.833Defeats Texas, 46-3, in Cotton Bowl
1991Miami (FL)12-0-01.0002-0-0National Champions
1992Miami (FL)11-1-0.9174-0-0Wins first 11 games of season
1993Miami (FL)9-3-0.7506-1-0Held 6 teams to less than 10 points
1994Miami (FL)10-2-0.8337-0-0Four wins against Top 25 teams
1999Oregon State7-5-0.5834-4-0First winning record since 1970
2000Oregon State11-1-0.9177-1-0Pac-10 Co-Champs; finishes ranked fourth
2001Oregon State5-6-0.4553-5-0Defeats #8 Washington, 49-24
2002Oregon State8-5-0.6154-4-06-1 home record
2007Arizona State10-3.7697-2Pac-10 Coach of the Year
2008Arizona State5-7.4174-5
2009Arizona State4-8.3332-7
2010Arizona State6-6.5004-5Won Territorial Cup
21Totals173-89-1.6592x National Champion; 3X Pac-10 Coach of the Year

Erickson's Totals As A College Head Coach:







Washington State


Miami (FL)


Oregon State


Arizona State


6 Schools



Most Career Victories for Active NCAA Coaches:

Coach (Current School)


Joe Paterno (Penn State)


Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech)


Mack Brown (Texas)


Chris Ault (Nevada)


Brian Kelly (Notre Dame)




Steve Spurrier (South Carolina)


Dennis Erickson (Arizona State)


Mike Price (UTEP)


Larry Blakeney (Troy)


Howard Schnellenbergeer (FAU)


Updated 7/25/11 (List includes record at all four-year colleges per NCAA record book)

November 16, 1991 - at Tallahassee, Fla.
#2 Miami defeated #1 Florida State, 17-16
- Only three teams have beaten No. 1 on the road since this game

November 25, 1989 - at Miami, Fla.
#7 Miami defeated #1 Notre Dame, 27-10
- Victory ended the Irish's 23-game winning streak

October 29, 1988 - at Los Angeles, Calif.
Washington State defeated #1 UCLA, 34-30
- Only three unranked teams have won road games over No. 1 since this game

November 16, 1991 - at Tallahassee, Fla.
#2 Miami defeated #1 Florida State, 17-16
- Ended the Seminoles' 16-game winning streak

October 6, 1990 - at Miami, Fla.
Miami defeated #2 Florida State, 31-22
- Ended the Seminoles' 14-game winning streak

November 25, 1989 - at Miami, Fla.
#7 Miami defeated #1 Notre Dame, 27-10
- Ended the Irish's 23-game winning streak

"Coach Erickson is a true players' coach. You love playing for him because he relates to his players well. He is an energetic and fun guy to be around. As a player, you appreciate him as a coach."
~ Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens
Three-time All-American at the University of Miami and two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year

"I don't just like Coach Erickson; I love him. The most important step in me getting to where I am now was probably him taking a chance on me at Oregon State. Most coaches won't take that kind of chance on a guy with just one year of eligibility. He had faith in me, and I'll always be grateful for that."
~ Chad Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals
Former Oregon State player, selected to First Team AP All-Pro and three Pro Bowl teams

"Dennis Erickson is a great coach and he also has a great deal of experience. He is a good person. What I saw from him is he is a players' coach with a personality and attitude that meshed well with his players. He is able to get the most out of his team."
~ Jeff Garcia
Played under Erickson with the San Francisco 49ers and is a three-time Pro Bowl player

"Coach Erickson is the type of guy who strives for excellence. He expects a lot out of his players, but at the same time, he treats them like student-athletes and understands they're going to make mistakes. He's a guy who's big on second chances."
~ Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Two-time All-Pac-10 Conference player at Oregon State and two-time Pac-10 rushing leader

"Out of all the coaches I have had, he is the only one that knows how to really relate to his players. He knows how to let players have fun, but yet have discipline. If you ever have any problems with school, football, family or whatever your problem is, you can go to Coach Erickson for help. When you go to his office, it is comfortable; you don't feel like an outsider. You feel like one of the family."
~ Nick Barnett, Green Bay Packers
Former Oregon State player, All-Pac-10 Conference selection and NFL Draft first round selection

"Coach Erickson is smart. He's an innovator. Offensively, he'll just cut you up."
~ T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle Seahawks
Former Oregon State player

Lou Groza Award - PK Thomas Weber - 2007 - First freshman to win in 16-year history of award
Lombardi Award - DT Warren Sapp - 1994 - 12th-pick overall in 1995 NFL Draft
Nagurski Award - DT Warren Sapp - 1994 - Finished sixth in Heisman voting
Heisman Trophy - QB Gino Toretta - 1992 - Passed for 3,060 yards on year, 310 first-place votes
Outland Trophy - DT Russell Maryland - 1990 - Top overall pick in 1991 NFL Draft
Davey O'Brien - QB Gino Toretta - 1992 - Second Hurricane to win the award
Johnny Unitas - QB Gino Toretta - 1992 - One of several national awards

Thomas Weber, PK - 2007 - Consensus All-American and Lou Groza Award Winner
Warren Sapp, DT - 1994 - Consensus All-American and Lombardi and Nagurski Award Winner
C.J. Richardson, S - 1994 - First-team selection by Associated Press
Kevin Patrick, DE - 1993 - First-team selection by Associated Press and Kodak
Geno Torretta, QB - 1992 - Consensus All-American and Heisman Trophy Winner
Ryan McNeil, DB - 1992 - First-team by Kodak, Walter Camp and Football News
Michael Barrow, LB - 1992 - First-team pick by Walter Camp and Football News
Darryl Williams, FS - 1991 - First team pick by Associated Press, Kodak and Walter Camp
Darrin Smith, LB - 1991 - First-team selection by UPI in senior season
Leon Searcy, OT - 1991 - First-team pick by Football Writers, 11th pick in NFL Draft
Carlos Huerta, PK - 1991 - Consensus All-American and hit 157 consecutive PATs
Kevin Williams, KR - 1991 - Sporting News first-team selection as kick-off returner
Russell Maryland, DT - 1990 - Consensus All-American and Outland Trophy Winner
Maurice Crum, LB - 1990 - AP, Walter Camp and Football News first-team pick
Greg Mark, DL - 1989 - AP and Kodak All-American Teams
Mike Utley, DL - 1988 - Second Consensus All-American in WSU history

Date - Score
Oct. 27, 2007 ~ #7 Arizona State 31, #18 California 20
Nov. 10, 2001 ~ Oregon State 49, #8 Washington 24
Jan. 1, 2001 ~ #5 Oregon State 41, #10 Notre Dame 9 (Fiesta Bowl)
Nov. 18, 2000 ~ #8 Oregon State 23, #5 Oregon 13
Oct. 21, 2000 ~ #19 Oregon State 44, @#23 UCLA 38 (OSU's first road win vs. ranked team since 1970)
Sept. 30, 2000 ~ Oregon State 31, #8 USC 21 (first win over USC since 1967)
Nov. 26, 1994 ~ #4 Miami 23, #25 Boston College 7 (end regular season with 8 straight wins)
Nov. 5, 1994 ~ #5 Miami 27, @#10 Syracuse 6 (third straight win over ranked a Syracuse team)
Oct. 29, 1994 ~ #6 Miami 24, #13 Virginia Tech 3
Oct. 8, 1994 ~ #13 Miami 34, #3 Florida State 20 (Coach Erickson goes 4-2 against FSU in 6 years)
Oct. 23, 1993 ~ #6 Miami 49, @#23 Syracuse 0 (seventh shutout under Erickson)
Sept. 4, 1993 ~ #4 Miami 23, @#23 Boston College 7 (season opener)
Nov. 21, 1992 ~ #1 Miami 16, @#8 Syracuse 10 (second top-10 road win year)
Oct. 10, 1992 ~ #2 Miami 17, @#7 Penn State 14 (second straight top-10 win in front of 96,704)
Oct. 3, 1992 ~ #2 Miami 17, #3 Florida State 16
Sept. 5, 1992 ~ #1 Miami 24, @#23 Iowa 7 (season opener after Hurricane Andrew stuck Florida)
Jan. 1, 1992 ~ #1 Miami 22, #11 Nebraska 0 (Orange Bowl; wins second national title/holds NU to 82 rushing)
Nov. 16, 1991 ~ #2 Miami 17, @#1 Florida State 16 (only three teams have beaten No. 1 on road since)
Oct. 12, 1991 ~ #2 Miami 26, #9 Penn State 20
Sept. 12, 1991 ~ #2 Miami 40, #10 Houston 10
Jan. 1, 1991 ~ #4 Miami 46, #3 Texas 3 (Cotton Bowl; Hurricanes win over Texas in Dallas/ third in final poll)
Oct. 6, 1990 ~ #7 Miami 31, #2 Florida State 22 (ends 14-game Seminole win streak in front of 80K+)
Jan. 1, 1990 ~ #2 Miami 33, #7 Alabama 25 (Sugar Bowl; win and Irish win over CU gives Miami national title)
Nov. 25, 1989 ~ #7 Miami 27, #1 Notre Dame 10 (ends Irish 23-game win streak in front of 81,634)
Nov. 11, 1989 ~ #7 Miami 24, @#14 Pittsburgh 3 (road win in front of 52,528 Pittsburgh fans)
Dec. 25, 1988 ~ #18 Washington St. 24, #14 Houston 22 (first Cougar Bowl win since Jan. 1, 1931, Rose Bowl)
Oct. 29, 1988 ~ Washington State 34, @#1 UCLA 30 (3 unranked teams have won road games vs. #1 since)

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