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Erickson named head wrestling coach at Hastings College

Former University of Nebraska-Kearney assistant wrestling coach. Working to rebuild the wrestling program at Alma High School in Nebraska. Independent business entrepreneur.

Josh Erickson
Now Josh Erickson can add "head wrestling coach at Hastings College of Nebraska" to his growing resume, having been just named the fourth head coach in the Broncos wrestling program's 13-year history since the mat program was relaunched in 2008-09.

"When I got the call to offer me the job, I felt like it was a dream come true," Erickson said upon being named to join the coaching staff at Hastings College, having gained insight into the Hastings' mat program, having worked as a consultant with the program for the past eleven years by developing and operating Team Concepts during that time period at Hastings.

"I felt like all the effort and energy I've put into building athletic teams and other organizations has prepared me for this one opportunity."

Erickson brings many different leadership qualities to this position as he developed and subsequently operated Team Concepts for the past 11 years. His familiarity with Hastings College stems from his experience working at Team Concepts to develop leadership skills on the Hastings campus on numerous occasions, facilitating public speaking, corporate training and team building for organizations of all shapes and sizes… skills that can serve him well at the helm of a college wrestling program.

"Josh Erickson undoubtedly brings the leadership qualities Hastings College is looking for in a head coach," according to Hastings' Director of Athletics B.J. Pumroy. "He has built businesses from the ground up while also helping wrestling programs reach national championship levels. His team building expertise, forward thinking mindset along with his team management skills makes him a great fit for Hastings College."

Prior to his knowledge and experience gained with his Team Concepts consultancy, Erickson served as an assistant wrestling coach at the University of Nebraska-Kearney from 2007-2013, where the program tallied three national NCAA Division II team titles (and placed second in the team standings in 2007). Erickson helped coach 45 All-Americans that included NCAA DII national wrestler of the year Tervel Dlagnev in 2008.

"I am most excited about helping all these young men capture their full potential," Erickson continued. "We will spend a lot of time learning how to add value to other people's lives through service, commitment and honor."

Since the restarting of the team the Broncos have accumulated seven All-American finishes at the NAIA Championships and 16 NWCA Scholar Athlete All-American awards. Their highest ever team placing at the NAIA national championships was in 2018 when the team finished 15th.

"Josh Erickson undoubtedly brings the leadership qualities Hastings College is looking for in a head coach," said Director of Athletics B.J. Pumroy. "He has built businesses from the ground up while also helping wrestling programs reach national championship levels. His team building expertise, forward thinking mindset along with his team management skills makes him a great fit for Hastings College."

Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a four-year school located in Hastings, Neb. in south-central Nebraska. Hastings has approximately 1,900 students. The school's wrestling program -- as well as other intercollegiate sports programs -- participate in NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).

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lucas_martin5 (1) about 4 months ago
Congratulation to Josh Erickson for becoming head wrestling coach of Hastings College. He is very experienced and I hope Hastings will grow in his guidance.
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