|Title:||Basketball Operations/Sports Publicity Assistant (Primary Media Contact: Women's Basketball & Baseball)|
Jon Erickson enters his third year at Yale in 2012-13 and his second season coordinating the Women's Basketball team's operations responsibilities. He is also a Sports Information Assistant for Yale’s Sports Publicity Department, serving as the primary media contact for women’s basketball and baseball.
During his first two seasons at Yale, Erickson has assisted a staff that guided the Bulldogs to their first-ever WNIT appearance in 2011 and to a 16-win season for just the third time in their 39-year history in 2011-12.
In his operations role, Erickson is responsible for coordinating all areas of the women’s basketball team’s travel, including transportation, lodging, scheduling practice and shoot around times, and making arrangements for team meals. He also assists in game preparation in the area of statistical analysis.
Erickson brings a tremendous passion for the game of women’s basketball to Yale with more than 10 years of experience in the game of women’s basketball, including six years of working alongside the women’s basketball team at the University of Connecticut and 10 seasons of working with the WNBA.
During that time, Erickson has had the honor of working alongside Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame members Teresa Edwards and Geno Auriemma, Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Jennifer Gillom, as well as Olympic gold medalists and WNBA All-Stars Seimone Augustus and Diana Taurasi.
While working at Yale, Erickson also works as a team statistician and game day public relations assistant for the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. In this role, Erickson serves as the team’s primary scorekeeper during all home games while working as a secondary media contact for the Sun’s media relations department.
Prior to coming to Yale, Erickson was the Public Relations Manager for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx for the 2007 and 2008 seasons under head coach Don Zierden. During his time with the Lynx, Erickson directed all publicity efforts for the Lynx, traveled with the team to all road games, and managed the team’s website and social media efforts.
Before moving into public relations with the Lynx, Erickson spent 12 years as a sports writer, with the last nine years as a sports staff writer for the Journal Inquirer newspaper, a daily newspaper in the Hartford-metro area. While at the Journal Inquirer, Erickson assisted with the paper’s coverage of the UConn women’s basketball team, which included reporting assignments at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in 2002, 2003, and 2004, which coincided with UConn’s three consecutive national championships.
Erickson first discovered his passion for women’s basketball as a member of the Varsity Pep Band at UConn during the Huskies’ 35-0 season in 1995, which ended with the school’s first-ever NCAA national championship in basketball.
Erickson lives in West Haven, Conn., with his wife Melanie and their four children, Taylor (10), Madison (9), Cailyn (5) and Andrew (2).