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The Dennis Erickson file

December 11, 2006

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 six times, 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 one of just two coaches to win Pac-10 Coach of the Year at two schools, as he shared the honor at Washington State with Larry Smith of USC in 1988 and then won it outright in 2000 while at Oregon State. ASU’s Bruce Snyder, the 1996 winner, also won the honor in 1990 while he was at California. 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 has done it twice, while ASU, Oregon State, 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 18 teams, 14 have competed in postseason play and he has five bowl victories.

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

2000 The Sporting News National Coach of the Year
1998 and 2000 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 in the past 20 years
Inducted into the University of Miami Hall of Fame

Year School Overall Pct. Conf. Notes
1982 Idaho 9-4-0 .692 5-2-0 Wins first-round playoff game
1983 Idaho 8-3-0 .727 4-3-0
1984 Idaho 6-5-0 .545 4-3-0
1985 Idaho 9-3-0 .750 6-1-0 Advances to playoffs
1986 Wyoming 6-6-0 .500 4-4-0
1987 Washington State 3-7-1 .318 1-5-1 One year later, 6-win upgrade is best in nation
1988 Washington State 9-3-0 .750 5-3-0 Victory at #1 UCLA; first bowl win since 1931
1989 Miami (Fla.) 11-1-0 .917 -- National Champions
1990 Miami (Fla.) 10-2-0 .833 -- Defeats Texas, 46-3, in Cotton Bowl
1991 Miami (Fla.) 12-0-0 1.000 2-0-0 National Champions
1992 Miami (Fla.) 11-1-0 .917 4-0-0 Wins first 11 games of season
1993 Miami (Fla.) 9-3-0 .750 6-1-0 Held 6 teams to less than 10 points
1994 Miami (Fla.) 10-2-0 .833 7-0-0 Four wins over Top 25 teams
1999 Oregon State 7-5-0 .583 4-4-0 First winning record since 1970
2000 Oregon State 11-1-0 .917 7-1-0 Pac-10 Co-Champions; finishes ranked fourth
2001 Oregon State 5-6-0 .455 3-5-0 Defeats #8 Washington, 49-24
2002 Oregon State 8-5-0 .615 4-4-0 6-1 home record
2006 Idaho 4-8-0 .333 3-5-0
Totals - 18 Seasons 148-65-1 .694

Idaho (6 yrs) 36-23-0 .610
Wyoming (1 yr) 6-6-0 .500
Washington State (2 yrs) 12-10-1 .543
Miami (6 yrs) 63-9-0 .875
Oregon State (4 yrs) 31-17-0 .646
Career Totals (18 yrs) 148-65-1 .694

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, Philadelphia Eagles
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, Cincinnati Bengals
Former Oregon State player