Fourth Year at Arizona
13 Years in Coaching
* Helped sophomore Peter Graniello emerge as a top-level Pac-10 left tackle, earning honorable mention all-league status in 2005.
* Coached senior guard Kili Lefotu to a spot in the 2006 NFL Draft, picked by the Washington Redskins.
* Helped Arizona’s quarterback protection lead the league with the fewest sacks allowed in 2004 and maintain that proficiency in 2005.
* Offensive tackle Chris Johnson earned NFL free-agent contract in 2004 after his year working with Wolford.?* Wolford was offensive line coach at North Texas in 2003, helping the Mean Green earn a third consecutive appearance in the New Orleans Bowl with a second straight 7-0 league mark and a 9-4 final record.
?* Coached Mean Green center Andy Brewster and guard Nick Zuniga to first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2003.
?* UNT’s offensive line helped pave the way for a record-setting performance by the SBC Offensive Player of the Year, Mean Green tailback Patrick Cobbs, who rushed for a league-record 1,690 yards and led the nation in rushing and scoring, at 152 yards and 11.45 points per game. He scored 19 rushing touchdowns.
?* Helped UNT offensive unit average 177.5 rushing yards to rate 35th nationally, plus his line and the pass protection scheme limited the opposition to a total of only 18 sacks during the season. The offensive unit also posted an 88 percent scoring rate inside the red zone.
?* Helped coach South Florida offense to 409 yards per game in total offense in his second year in Tampa.
?* Four-year starting guard on the offensive line at Kansas State from 1990 to 1993, recruited by then KSU assistant Bob Stoops.
?* Played on KSU teams that laid the groundwork for the program’s emergence as a national contender. He was a member of KSU’s 1993 Copper Bowl team that won the first bowl game in school history in Arizona Stadium.
Eric Wolford’s vitality as a coach has proven to be one of the program’s keys to building continuity in recruiting and development of formidable players up front. He was one of Mike Stoops’ initial choices for his coaching staff, coming on board in early December 2003 to work with the offensive staff.
Wolford coaches the Wildcat offensive line. He has solidexperience as a former collegiate player and coaching experience on both offense and defense.
His no-nonsense style has helped UA’s first two Stoops-era units build a strong foundation for the future.
His playing days at
He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1994 in social sciences with a focus on monetary policy and banking. Wolford signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals in 1994. He returned to
Wolford’s Coaching history
1994 Kansas State, graduate assistant
1995 Emporia State, OL/strength coach
1996 South Florida, offensive line coach
1997 South Florida, offensive line coach
1998 South Florida, offensive line coach
1999 South Florida, offensive line coach
2000 Houston, Tight ends/tackles coach
2001 Houston, Running backs/special teams
2002 Houston, defensive line coach
2003 North Texas, offensive line coach
2004 Arizona, offensive line coach
2005 Arizona, offensive line coach
2006 Arizona, offensive line coach
Wolford in Bowl Games
1991 Coca-Cola Bowl Kansas State player
1993 Copper Bowl Kansas State player
1994 Aloha Bowl Kansas State graduate assist.
2003 New Orleans Bowl North Texas OL coach
The Wolford File
Birthdate: April 5, 1971, Youngstown, Ohio
High School: Ursuline High School, Youngstown, Ohio
College: Kansas State 1994
Playing Experience: Kansas State, guard, 1990-93
Family: Wife, Melinda Wolford, Ph.D.; son, Stone Wolford
Recruiting Area: Central and northern Houston