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Louise Ericson is in her second year as Associate Athletics Director for Academics and her fourth with the department. She is in her seventh year overall at the University.
Ericson was promoted to her current position as Associate Athletic Director for Academics and Senior Woman Administrator in 2008 after serving for two years as the athletics academic coordinator at Upstate. She worked in the role while serving the Upstate campus as the Director of the Center for Student Success since 2003.
In her brief stint as the full-time Associate AD for Academics and Senior Woman Administrator at Upstate, Ericson has completely overhauled the athletics academic services area of the department. She has played an important administrative role in the athletic department's transition into NCAA Division I membership. She was also one of three individuals at the University who worked to secure the NCAA Choices Grant which educates students on issues surrounding alcohol and drug use with the intention of helping students make wise decisions during their college years. In addition, she coordinates the department's CHAMPS/Life Skills program and serves as the administrative liaison to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Ericson has built a successful 14-year career in academic support and coaching at both the Division I and II levels. Prior to coming to USC Upstate, she served as an athletic academic counselor at Vanderbilt University from 2002-03. She was an athletic academic advisor and life skills coordinator at UNC Charlotte from 2000-02.
Ericson is no stranger to Spartanburg, serving as the NCAA compliance coordinator and assistant volleyball and basketball coach at Converse College from 1997-2000. She got her start in academic support while attending graduate school at the University of Tennessee. She served as a grad assistant in the women's athletic department-academic advising and student life from 1995-97.
Ericson graduated with honors from Belmont University with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1994. While at Belmont, she played basketball from 1991-92 and volleyball from 1993-94, serving as team captain. She received her master's degree in sport administration from Tennessee in 1997 with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Ericson and her husband, Alex, who is the head girls' volleyball and basketball coach at Spartanburg Day School, have two daughters, Eleanor and Abby, and a son, Will. The family resides in Spartanburg.