Leonard Erickson enters his third season as the women’s basketball head coach at Little Priest Tribal College. During his tenure the Lady Warriors have earned 30 ICCAC All-Academic honors, two ICCAC All-Region 2nd Team selections, and twice have been named ICCAC DII Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. The Lady Warriors have also maintained a team GPA of 3.06 under his guidance. In two seasons Erickson’s teams have made 428 three-pointers ranking them 14th in the nation.
In 2017-2018 the Lady Warriors improved their win total from three to 10, qualified for the ICCAC regional tournament, and set season best in wins (10), total points (1943), rebounds (1199), assists (399), steals (295) and 3-pointers made (235). The Lady Warriors were ranked 15th in the country in 3-pointers made per game with 7.6. Jazlynn Muniz was selected to the ICCAC All-Region 2nd Team, becoming the program’s first two time All-Region player.
During his first season at LPTC in 2016-2017 Erickson, not new to the rebuilding process, led the Lady Warriors to their first three wins in program history. Jazlynn Muniz made team history when she earned the program's first post-season award and player of the week honors; she was voted to the ICCAC All-Region 2nd Team and was the ICCAC DII Women's Basketball Player of the Week during Feb 20-26, 2017.
Prior to joining the Lady Warriors, Erickson was the women’s basketball assistant coach at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa. During his two-year tenure at SWCC, he helped revitalize the Spartan’s program. Two years prior to his arrival the Spartans did not record a single win finishing 0-30. He also helped mentor one 1st team all-region, three 3rd team all-region and numerous all-academic players. During his last season there, SWCC notched double digits in victories
Erickson, originally from El Paso, Texas, has a bachelor’s degree in history, with a minor in secondary education from the University of Texas – El Paso. He attended graduate school at Indiana State University where, in 2014, he obtained a master’s degree in physical education with a specialization in coaching.
Erickson began his coaching career in 2004 with the El Paso Sparks, a youth traveling team. He was the varsity girl’s assistant coach at Father Yermo High School for five seasons from 2005-2010. During that time the team qualified for the state playoffs four times and won two regional championships. Other coaching experiences for Erickson included serving as the women’s student assistant coach at Dakota State University in Madison, SD, in 2009; freshmen girl’s assistant coach at Eastlake High School in El Paso in 2011; and women’s assistant coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN, from 2012-2014, during which time they qualified for two conference tournaments in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Erickson has worked numerous basketball camps in the past at Indiana, Marquette, Drake, Butler, Illinois, Missouri, and Snow Valley Iowa. He played high school basketball at Father Yermo High School in El Paso from 2001-2004, helping lead them to the state championship game in 2004.
Erickson, the son of Brooks and Carmen, has two brothers and four sisters, three nieces and one nephew. He currently resides in Winnebago, Nebraska.