UW-Eau Claire introduces Rob Erickson as new football coach

The new Blugolds coach takes over for Wesley Beschorner.
Published: Feb. 7, 2023 at 7:40 AM CST
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - UW-Eau Claire is introducing its new head football coach Tuesday.

Rob Erickson was introduced as the new head coach of the Blugolds during a midday press conference on Tuesday.

Erickson, who will be the 18th head coach in program history, takes over for Wesley Beschorner, who left the Blugolds to take an associate head coach and offensive coordinator position at the University of Sioux Falls, which competes in NCAA Division II. Beschorner, who was hired in 2019, lead the Blugolds to a 8-22 overall record while going 3-18 in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Conference.

Erickson comes over from South Dakota State, where he was the special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach. Previously, he coached five seasons at UW-Whitewater from 2015 to 2019 and from 2008-2014 at his alma mater, UW-Platteville. He also coached at Aurora, Ill. from 2005-2007 and UW-Stevens Point from 2003-2004.

UW-Eau Claire went 2-8 overall and 1-6 in the WIAC last season. The Blugolds’ last winning season was in 2009 and the program’s last playoff appearance was in 2007, both under Todd Glaser.

The announcement of the new coach comes a day after UW-Whitewater announced that Jace Rindahl would take over the top spot in the Warhawks’ football program.