Former WSU football coach Dennis Erickson named to CFB Hall of Fame



Former WSU head football coach Dennis Erickson was named to the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday.

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen deputy sports editor

Dennis Erickson, former WSU head football coach, was named to the 2019 class of the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday.

With the selection, Erickson becomes the eighth Cougar ever to be selected to the CFB Hall of Fame and the fourth coach.

Erickson started his head coaching career at University of Idaho in 1982 and in 1987 he found his way to Pullman. He coached at WSU for two seasons and in his second year he was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading the team to their first bowl win in 73 seasons.

After defeating University of Houston in the 1988 Aloha Bowl with the Cougars, he became the head coach at University of Miami from 1989-94. Erickson won two national titles with the Hurricanes and in 1991 his team had a perfect 12-0 record.

Erickson also served as the Seattle Seahawks head coach from 1995-1998.

Overall, Erickson led his collegiate teams to 12 bowl games in 23 seasons as a head coach.

Erickson was one of 15 people elected to the 2019 CFB Hall of Fame class.