Women's Cross Country, Track & Field

Mike Erb
Mike Erb

Assistant Coach, Field Events

Fourth Season

Alma Mater:
Allegheny College '98


Two Crack UI Top-10 at Mt. SAC

Golliday and Morrison set PR's in heptathlon


2013 Women's Track and Field Season Preview

Squad sets goals of breaking records and being at the top this season


Richartz to Compete at USA Olympic Trials

First Illini pole-vaulter to compete at trials


Three Set Personal-Bests in Heptathlon at Big Ten's

Orange and Blue finish day one in Madison


Richartz Qualifies for NCAA Championships

Sophomore sets a school record on way to qualifying for nationals

Mike Erb is in his fourth season with the Illinois women's track and field staff as assistant coach, working primarily with the field event athletes. Beginning with the 2011-12 season, he will also coach the men's high jump, pole vault, javelin and multi-events.

In 2011, Erb coached Kelly Washington to a runner-up finish in the heptathlon at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, earning her All-Big Ten honors. In just her second season in the event, she totaled 5,221 points, ranking her fourth on the Illinois all-time list. Freshman Stephanie Richartz broke both the indoor and outdoor school records in the pole vault on her way to 4th and 3rd place finishes at the indoor and outdoor Big Ten Championships, respectively. Additionally, Richartz earned a spot at the USA Junior Track & Field Championships where she ultimately placed third, earning her USATF Junior All-America honors. Kendall McCaugherty recorded a personal best in the high jump to place 5th at the Outdoor Championships. Both McCaugherty and Richartz, along with long jumper Kawanna Brooks, earned spots in the NCAA West Preliminary Round.

During the 2010 season, Aja Evans earned her fourth and fifth career All-America accolades in the shot put under Erb's tutelage. Evans also was voted Field Co-Athlete of the Championships after notching the Big Ten Indoor Championships record and resetting her own school record in the shot put. Along with Evans, Erb helped multi-event athlete Alecia Beckford-Stewart to a pair of Big Ten runner-up finishes in the pentathlon and heptathlon. In addition, Erb coached Kawanna Brooks to the USA Junior Track & Field Championships in both the long and triple jump.

In 2009, Erb coached Evans to back-to-back All-America performances in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships where she placed fifth at each. After taking second at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, Evans won the shot put title for the second consecutive Big Ten Outdoor Championships. She also represented the Fighting Illini at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

In addition to Evans' accomplishments, Erb guided Beckford-Stewart, Jessica Penney and Alexandria Smith to successful seasons. Beckford-Stewart scored for the Illini in the heptathlon and Penney scored in the long jump at both the Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Championships, while Smith scored in the triple jump at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Penney also was a provisional NCAA qualifier in the long jump during the indoor season. Beckford-Stewart competed at the Canadian Track & Field Championships, and Smith qualified for the USA Junior Track & Field Championships.

Erb came to Champaign-Urbana after successful coaching stints at Marquette and the University of Redlands. He spent the 2008 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.

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, Erb guided the men's track and field program from a last place conference finish to consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2006 and 2007. With the Bulldogs, Erb coached four NCAA champions, eight All-Americans, 20 NCAA Championships qualifiers and 152 All-Conference performers. He also coached Corey White, who went on to the Pan American Junior Championships, where he placed second with a throw of 228-10.

Erb received his undergraduate degree in environmental science in 1998 from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where he was a decathlete and jumper from 1994-1998, earning two conference titles in the triple jump. He also received his Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Redlands in 2005.

Erb is certified as a USATF Level II coach in the jumps and throws and is a USATF Level I instructor. He is also an experienced clinician, coaching and speaking at track and field camps and clinics around the country.

Updated February 2012