Erick B. Harper
Director of Football Operations
Year at Arizona: 4thrd
Erick Harper, 39, enters his fourth year on the
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
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
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
The Harper File
Arizona Director of Football Operations
Birthdate: February 17, 1968
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