Coach Erickson's Signature Installed in Haddix
Bob Erickson's name has always loomed large at Doane. Now, it's permanent.
The legendary basketball coach's signature was installed on Doane's new basketball court in late May.
Doane unveiled the plans for his signature at a ceremony in February. Workers installed the signature on both sidelines of the court in the George and Sally Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center.
The signature is in tribute to the coach who shaped thousands of Doane athletes.
Erickson, who passed away in 2009, was both a star athlete and coaching legend at Doane. As head men's basketball coach from 1962-1998, he amassed a 589-483 record, 11th all-time for wins in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. His teams posted 27 winning seasons.
In his career, Erickson produced 10 NAIA All-Americans, was named State College Coach-of-the-Year by the Lincoln Journal-Star and Omaha World-Herald and was cited for the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Award and its Merit Award for Distinguished Coaching. In 1997, he was inducted into the NAIA Hall-Fame.
Erickson served as Doane's athletic director from 1972-98 in addition to his coaching duties. During his tenure he added women's athletic programs, introduced soccer programs and hired three coaches (Gene Steinmeyer, WB; Fran Schwenk, football; Cindy Meyer, volleyball) who became the winningest coaches in their sports at Doane.
"Doane athletics today is built in large part on the shoulders of the lifelong work and passion of Coach Erickson," Athletic Director Greg Heier said. "Having the court named in his honor is a highly fitting reminder of all the contributions Coach Erickson made to Doane College."