Bob Erickson Court
One of the most recognizable names in Doane University athletics is Robert "Bob" Erickson. First a star athlete and then a star basketball coach from 1962-1998, Erickson is credited with rebuilding Doane's program.
In 1962, Erickson served as men's basketball coach and an assistant football coach. In just his third year, the Tigers picked up their first winning season and finished with a 16-9 record. This marked the first of 13 consecutive winning seasons, which included three 20-plus win seasons and two NAIA National Tournament berths. In 1975-76, the Tigers finished with a 21-9 record and upset No. 12 seeded Norfolk State University (Va.), 80-79, in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament.
Erickson also served as athletic director from 1972-98. Doane added women's athletics in 1972 and introduced men's and women's soccer in 1996. He is credited with hiring Gene Steinmeyer as women's basketball coach, Fran Schwenk as football coach, and Cindy Meyer as head volleyball coach.
During his career, Erickson collected a 589-483 record, 11th all-time for wins in the NAIA. His teams posted 27 winning seasons. He received Doane's Honor D Award in 1979 and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. Known for disputes with referees, Erickson was toasted by them in 1996 with a one-time Bent Chair Award. The following year he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame.
Erickson produced 10 NAIA All-Americans, was named the State College Coach-of-the-Year by the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald, was cited for the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Award and received the NABC Merit Award for Distinguished Coaching. Erickson passed away last summer at the age of 79.
Completion of the George and Sally Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center
Groundbreaking on this 63,535 sq. ft. building took place in June 2009 with a completion date set to be Fall of 2010. Nearly $13 million has been raised to date, with funding yet to be completed. A performance gym for volleyball and basketball competition is just one feature of this amazing facility, which will also include a fitness center, a Hall of Fame Room, classrooms and office space. With the opening of the Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center, the new gym will be dedicated the Bob Erickson Court.