Helmer adds jumps coach to complete staff

Former New Orleans coach and Illinois assistant Mike Erb has been added to the Indiana track and field staff to coach jumps and women’s multi events, completing the staff overhaul made by coach Ron Helmer. The release from IU sports info follows.

Mike Erb Added to Track and Field Staff   

Erb brings 15 years of coaching experience to the Hoosiers, including head coaching experience.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – IU head coach and director of track and field Ron Helmer has announced the addition of Mike Erb as an assistant coach for the Hoosiers program.


Erb spent the last year as the head coach at the University of New Orleans and is no stranger to the Big Ten, having spent five seasons (2008-13) as a member of the Illinois women’s track and field staff as an assistant coach, working primarily with field events. The last two seasons, Erb handled coaching duties associated with the men’s high jump, pole vault, javelin and multi-events.


Erb will coach horizontal jumps, high jump and women’s multis at Indiana.


During his tenure at Illinois, Erb coached 10 student-athletes to All-American performances, six to Big Ten individual championships and had nine student-athletes post school-records. In addition, the Illini won the Big Ten women’s indoor team title in 2013.  Also in a five-year span, a total of 54 student-athletes coached by Erb have scored points at the league championship events.


“Mike has hit most of the rungs of the ladder on his way to this position,” Helmer said. “He was the head guy in a small program at the University of Redlands, he was an important assistant to a Big Ten Championship team at Illinois and he started a program from scratch as the head coach at the University of New Orleans.  Coaches can coach but more importantly our needs and Mike’s passion and skill set are a match. He will coach our horizontal jumps, high jump and women’s multis, exactly the events in which he has demonstrated high level consistent success and for which he has a great excitement level.”


Erb arrived at Illinois after successful coaching stints at Marquette and the University of Redlands.  He spent the 2008 season as an assistant coach at Marquette, where he was responsible for coaching the men’s and women’s long and triple jumpers as well as the multi-event athletes.


The position at New Orleans is the second head coaching stint for Erb, who served as the head men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach at the University of Redlands in California from 2002 through 2007.


In his time at Redlands, Erb guided the men’s track and field program from a last place conference finish to consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2006 and 2007. With the Bulldogs, Erb coached four NCAA champions, eight All-Americans, 20 NCAA Championships qualifiers and 152 All-Conference performers. He also coached Corey White, who went on to the Pan American Junior Championships, where he placed second with a throw of 228-10.

Erb received his undergraduate degree in environmental science in 1998 from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where he was a decathlete and jumper from 1994-98, earning two conference titles in the triple jump. He also received his Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Redlands in 2005.

Erb is certified as a USATF Level II coach in the jumps and throws and is a USATF Level I instructor.


“The combination of Mike and his excitement to return to the Big Ten and the way I envision him being able to interact with our staff made him an exciting choice for this position,” Helmer said.”


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  1. This is a great get for the track team. He was highly sought by… actually I have no idea who he is. But I wish him and the track team much success.

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