July 9, 2008
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois women's track and field coach Tonja Buford-Bailey has announced the hiring of Mike Erb as assistant women's track and field coach. Erb will work primarily with the field event athletes and joins the Illini after coaching stints at Marquette and the University of Redlands.
"I am looking forward to helping continue the well-established tradition of excellence with Illinois track and field," Erb said. "There are a number of extremely talented athletes in the program who I am eager to begin working with as we pursue our championship goals."
Erb spent last season as an assistant coach at Marquette, where he was responsible for coaching the men's and women's long and triple jumpers as well as the multi-event athletes.
"I am extremely excited to have Mike join our coaching staff," Buford-Bailey said. "He is an excellent field events coach and brings experience with having a winning program at Redlands. Mike has been mentored by the best coaches in the business and I'm confident that with his recruiting and technical skills he will do a fine job here. We all understand how important it is to continue the atmosphere of excellence that Gary Winckler created in Illinois Women's Track and Field."
Prior to his time with the Golden Eagles, Erb was the head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach at the University of Redlands in California from 2002 through 2007. In his time at Redlands, he guided the men's track and field program from a last place conference finish to consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. Erb coached four NCAA champions, eight All-Americans and 20 NCAA Championships qualifiers as well as the 2005 USATF Junior National javelin champion with the Bulldogs.
Erb received his undergraduate degree from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where he was a decathlete and triple and long jumper from 1994-1998, He also received his Master of Arts from Redlands in 2005.
THE ERB FILE
1998 Allegheny College, B.S. in Environmental Science
2005 University of Redlands, M.A. in Higher Education Administration
2007-08 Marquette University Assistant Coach, Men's and Women's Track and Field
2002-07 University of Redlands, Head Coach, Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track and Field
1994-98 Allegheny College, decathlete and long and triple jumper