Erik Ronning, the first full-time assistant coach in the history of the Northwestern men's soccer program, has completed four seasons with the Wildcats. Following the 2003 season, he was promoted to the position of Associate Head Coach.
Ronning coached three games for the Wildcats in 2003 during head coach Tim Lenahan's leave of absence; the team recorded a 2-1 record against Penn State, Duke and Loyola in those three contests. NU finished that campaign at 7-7-6, its first .500 season since 1988.
Ronning has been an integral part of Northwestern's rise to national prominence. In his first season after being named Associate Head Coach, Northwestern put together its best-ever season, recording a 15-6-2 record and qualifying for its first NCAA Tournament where it advanced to the second round.
Ronning is the recruiting coordinator for the Wildcats and also serves as assistant director of Northwestern's summer camps. He was instrumental in recruiting each of the last three classes, which have provided the nucleus for the program's rapid ascension in the Big Ten and nationally. His classes have included two freshmen All-Americans in Gerardo Alvarez and David Roth. Alvarez was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2003.
Before coming to Northwestern, Ronning spent four seasons at Colgate -- his alma mater -- as the top assistant. During that time, he presided over all aspects of recruiting, off-season workouts and individual training sessions. Ronning also was the faculty liaison to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Ronning graduated from Colgate University in 1996 with a degree in history. A four-year starter for the Red Raiders, Ronning earned All-Patriot League first-team honors in 1996. He was also named captain and Team MVP during the 1996 season. Ronning is currently working on his master's of science in higher education, administration and policy at Northwestern University.
Ronning holds an NSCAA Advanced National diploma as well as his A license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). In addition to his duties with Northwestern, he is a member of the Region 2 Olympic Development Program staff and a scout for the Adidas Elite Soccer Program (ESP), which is the premier recruiting event in the country for only the top 150 players in the United States. Ronning also works with Chicago Sockers FC, one of the elite youth club programs in the country.
When he was at Colgate, Ronning coached in the New York State West Olympic Development Program, where he was responsible for selecting and coaching the under-15 (1999), under-17 (2000) and under-14 (2000-01).