Erickson to begin first career head coaching position this fall
NORTON, Mass. – Former Wheaton College men's soccer student-athlete Connor Erickson (Canton, Mass./Canton) '08 has been named the head coach of the men's soccer program at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Erickson replaces Bob Long, who stepped aside after 16 seasons.
Erickson comes from Bridgewater State, where he was beginning his second stint (2009-2010; 2013) as an assistant men's soccer coach. Prior to returning to Bridgewater State, he served as an assistant coach at Wheaton College (2011) and UMass Boston (2012) as well as serving as the boys' junior varsity coach at Canton High School during the 2008 season. At the collegiate level he has extensive recruiting experience at the high school, club, and prep school levels at both the regional and national levels.
"Wentworth should be excited to have Connor as its head men's soccer coach," said Wheaton College men's soccer head coach Matt Cushing, who will be entering his 20th season this coming fall at the helm of the Lyons program. "He is one of the top and brightest young coaches in the area and he will work hard to make them competitive in the CCC."
A 2008 graduate of Wheaton with a Bachelor's degree in history, Erickson played three seasons for the Lyons and served as a student assistant coach during the 2007 campaign when an injury sidelined him. During his career, Wheaton posted a 56-20-11 (.707) record capturing four straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season championships and three NEWMAC Tournament championships while advancing to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons. The 2004 season saw the Lyons finish 17-4-2 and earn a berth in the sectional semifinals.
"I am very excited to be starting the position of head men's soccer coach at Wentworth," said Erickson. "Wentworth is a great school in an ideal location, and I know how much potential the program has. I look forward to helping the program reach that potential and I can't wait to be a part of the Wentworth community."
Erickson has worked at Canton Soccer School since 2000 and was elevated to the position of assistant director in 2011. Erickson has also worked the Brian Ainscough Soccer Academy and the Elite 8 Soccer Academy and holds a national diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
The Leopards open the 2013 season on Friday, August 30, at Babson. A day later, Erickson will square off against his alma mater in Norton, Mass. at 3 p.m.
Major portions of this release courtesy of Wentworth Sports Information Department