Bob Erickson, CGCS, joined the Wolfpack in 2004 as Superintendent of the Short Game Golf Practice Facility. Working with both the men's and women's golf teams at NC State, Erickson and his staff manage the facility to simulate tournament conditions year round. The facility is also used by the University's PGA Golf Management and Turfgrass Management programs for instructional purposes, as well as by many alumni players that are now on tour.
In addition to his duties with the Athletic Department, Erickson is a campus agronomist for Facilities/Grounds assisting the various campuses with turfgrass management issues. From 2004 to 2012 he was instrumental in the development of the nationally and internationally recognized Lake Wheeler Road turfgrass field lab for N.C. State's Crop Science Department.
Erickson came to NC State from Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC. where he worked as a golf course superintendent for five years. Prior to his time at Prestonwood, he was under the tutelage of Monroe S. Miller at Blackhawk Country Club in Madison, WI. Miller, the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame superintendent and recipient of the USGA Green Section Award, has mentored as many as 100 superintendents in his long and distinguished career.
Erickson, who earned a bachelor's of science degree in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) with the Golf Course Superintendent's Association of America, and is an active member in the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendent's Association, and the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina. He was also on the building and advisory committee for the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, the renovation committee for Carter- Finley Stadium, and has worked on the turfgrass management staff at several PGA tournaments, the U.S. Open at Pinehurst #2, and the U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles.
Erickson is a native of Madison, WI and resides in Raleigh with his wife Emily, and sons Nolan and Hayden.