Bret Erickson joined Midland in Novermber 2012 as the institution's first head coach of shotgun sports. A nationally renowned figure in shooting sports, Erickson is a four-time Olympian and a former coach of the United States National Shooting Sports Team.
Erickson comes to the Warriors after serving as National Shotgun Sports coach and heading the Resident Athlete Program at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. While there he coached the USAS National Team, National Development Team and National Junior Team athletes in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics and various international competitions. Prior to coaching the US National team, he spent time managing the Willawalla Creek Shooting Center in St. Jo, Texas, where he coached developing juniors and worked with the local 4-H.
As a competitive shooter, Erickson spent 25 years on the national stage as a member of the USA Shooting National Team. In addition to being a six-time USA Shooting National Champion, he was a member of four Olympic teams (1992, 1996, 2004, 2008), a 1990 World Champion in Double Trap and a four-time World Championship medalist. He was a 2001 World Clay Target Championships Silver Medalist in Men's Trap, 1991 World Clay Target Championships Silver Medalist in Men's Double Trap and is a multiple World Cup and Pan American Games medalist.
At Midland, Erickson will head the university's newly formed men's and women's shotgun sports programs. His squads will compete against schools throughout the Midwest in a variety of shooting events. Despite growing popularity of shotgun sports, Midland University remains the only institution in Nebraska to offer scholarships for varsity athletes.
Erickson will aim to bring in local talent as the new career serves also as a homecoming for him. A native of Bennington, Neb., Erickson is a Midland alumnus. He holds a bachelor degree in business administration from Midland. He returns to the university with his wife Lisa.