Erick Harper, 43, handles primary administrative functions for Arizona's football program and has been one of Mike Stoops' key aides throughout the coach's tenure in Tucson.
He enters his eighth year on the staff after joining the operational efforts in its early stages in December 2003. He is an assoociate athletics director for football operations, overseeing the daily administrative functions and planning for the Wildcat football program as well as supporting details for recruiting. He serves on AD Greg Byrne's senior staff advisory committee.
He also handles all team travel in the regular season and post season. He is an important liaison between the athletics compliance director and the football staff.
For the past seven years he has been the remote host for the Assistant
Football Coaches radio show, and worked on the basketball assistant coaches show in 2007 on UA's partner KCUB-1290 AM.
Harper is a former collegiate player who brings that insight to his operational decisions.
Harper developed his leadership skills while serving as an athletic administrator at Kansas State for 10 years, and met Mike Stoops at the beginning of his professional career in intercollegiate athletics.
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.
His first seven years at Kansas State coincided with 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.
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 each year, earned UPI All-Big 8 honorable mention once and was an honorable mention All-America pick by Football News. 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 interceptions, 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