ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Baldwin Wallace University Inside Linebackers Coach Erick Anderson was inducted to the University of Michigan Athletics Hall of Honor.
The Michigan Athletics Hall of Honor was established in 1978 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions as athletes, coaches and administrators to the tradition of Wolverine athletics and, in doing so, have enhanced the image and reputation of the University of Michigan.
"Aside from being named Michigan's defensive captain for the 1991 season, being inducted into Michigan Athletics Hall of Honor has been the greatest honor of my athletic career," said Anderson. "It would not have been possible without a supportive family, amazing friends and the most talented teammates, coaches and support staff a student-athlete could ever imagine!"
Anderson, who will begin his second season at BW in 2020, is a teacher in the Shaker Heights School District where he serves as an Adapted Physical Education teacher for K-12 and the girls varsity lacrosse coach as well as the junior varsity assistant field hockey coach. He served as the defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and special teams coordinator for the Red Raiders from 2002-09. Prior to Shaker Heights, he also coached at Gilmour Academy for two seasons where he was the defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.
Anderson is the co-founder of the Friendship in Teams (F.I.T.) organization, which helps provide social skills training for children with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADD and other social dysfunction disorders
While at Michigan, Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. He was a 1991 All-American and team co-captain. Anderson finished his career at Michigan as the program's third-leading tackler with 428 career stops, 25 tackles for loss, seven quarterback sacks, five interceptions and five fumble recoveries. He was a presence everywhere on the field, with at least 100 tackles in three of his four seasons. Anderson remains the only player in program history to lead the team in tackles in each of his four seasons. He was a three-time All-Big Ten Conference selection, with first-team honors in 1990 and 1991. As a senior in 1991, Anderson was named Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Year and won the Butkus Award honoring the nation's top linebacker. He played in three Rose Bowls (1989, '90, '92) and one Gator Bowl (1991) in his career. His 42 starts across four years still rank second among linebackers in program history.
After Michigan, Anderson was drafted with the 186th pick overall in the seventh round of the 1992 National Football League (NFL) Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs and played three seasons with the Chiefs and the Washington Redskins (1992-94).