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Erick Harper
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 12, 2006
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Erick B. Harper


Director of Football Operations


Year at Arizona: 4thrd


Erick Harper, 39, enters his fourth year on the Arizona staff and has been with Mike Stoops since the onset of his Arizona career. He joined in December 2003 as the director of football operations, where he oversees the daily administrative functions of the Wildcat football program.


            Harper, a former collegiate player, is involved in the day-to-day operations and current and future planning for the football program.


            Harper met Stoops at the beginning of his professional career as an intercollegiate athletics administrator at Kansas State in July 1992. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State in May 1992, and he served as an intern in the athletic marketing and development office at Kansas State from November 1990 to June 1992. Harper developed his leadership skills while serving as an athletic administrator at Kansas State for 10 years.


            His first seven years at Kansas State coincided with Mike Stoops’ tenure there as defensive ends coach and co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.


            He spent 14 years overall at Kansas State, where he served the athletics department in several capacities, including assistant director of marketing and promotions, assistant director of marketing and development, director of advertising sales, and compliance auditor. Harper was involved in marketing, development, promotions and advertising sales from November 1990 to February 1996.


            In 1996, he was promoted to compliance auditor as an assistant athletics director. He developed the educational programs designed to keep coaches, student-athletes and staff aware of institutional, Big 12 and NCAA by-laws governing intercollegiate athletics. At Arizona, Harper is an important liaison between the athletics compliance director and the football staff.


            Harper was a football team captain at KSU to cap a four-year career as a defensive back from 1986-89. He earned All-Big-8 Freshman honors, was an all-league honorable mention selection four times and earned honorable mention All-America accolades by UPI his senior season. He was a two-time Academic All-Big 8 honoree. 


            Harper finished his career ranked No. 15 on the Wildcats’ all-time tackles list with 245, was No. 2 with eight fumble recoveries and No. 9 with 137 yards on interception returns. Among six career picks, he returned two for scores against Kansas, still the second-most in KSU history.



The Harper File


Arizona Director of Football Operations

Birthdate:                   February 17, 1968

High School:              Denison, Texas, High School

College Degree:        Kansas State University, 1992

Playing Experience:  Four-year Letterman, safety 1986-89

Accolades:                All Big-8 Freshman Team, 245 Career Tackles, Team captain & player representative ’89, Two-time Academic All-Conference, Football News HM All-America, UPI All-Big Eight ’89 honorable mention

Family:                      Single


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