Dennis Erickson is back — again.
The former coach with a very long list of stops in the college and professional ranks of football has been named coach of a new team in the same city in which he most recently worked. The former Arizona State coach will lead the Alliance of American Football‘s Salt Lake franchise.
— Dana Greene (@dana_greene) May 16, 2018
The league’s establishment was announced by Charlie Ebersol, son of former NBC executive Dick Ebersol, in March. It will feature eight teams, with five having been announced in cities such as Salt Lake, Atlanta, Phoenix, Memphis and Orlando. Including Erickson, four of those five teams have coaches, with Brad Childress (Atlanta), Mike Singletary (Memphis) and Steve Spurrier (Orlando) being the other three. Phoenix has yet to announce its coach.
The league is also set to be filled with a bunch of recognizable former NFL players in a variety of roles, including Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward, Justin Tuck and Jared Allen.
Erickson last served as an assistant (co-offensive coordinator and eventually, associate head coach) from 2013-16 under Kyle Whittingham. His career has included coaching stops at (take a deep breath): Idaho (twice), Wyoming, Washington State, Miami (Fla.), Oregon State and Arizona State. He also was coach of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks from 1995-98 and San Francisco 49ers from 2003-04.
Erickson owns a record of 179-96-1 in college and 40-56 in the NFL. He turned 71 in March.
The Alliance of American Football is set to begin play in February 2019.