Coach Eric Bridgeland Biography

Coach Eric Bridgeland comes to us from Walla Walla, Washington, where he led Whitman College to three Northwest Conference (NWC) titles and six runner-up finishes, while also qualifying for the NCAA tournament each of the past five years. Bridgeland’s Whitman team made a Final Four run (31-1), the first in 35 years for a West Coast program. They also had the highest winning percentage over a four-year stretch of any Men’s Basketball program in the nation, at any level.

Prior to coaching at Whitman, Bridgeland served as the head coach at the University of Puget Sound in Washington for five seasons, leading the Loggers through a stretch of three consecutive NWC titles, three NCAA appearances, and a No. 8 national ranking.

Overall, Bridgeland has coached one national player of the year, 12 All-Americans, six conference MVPs, and 40 all-conference selections. He also sent another student-athlete to the NBA Draft Combine as one of only five Division III players to be invited in the history of the league. Bridgeland is a two-time National Coach of the Year.