Eric Medberry begins his 11th season at Bemidji State, the ninth as an assistant coach after serving as a graduate assistant at BSU for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Medberry returned to Jeff Tesch’s staff in 2006 after spending the 2005 season at Colorado College. He was named the Offensive Coordinator in 2007.
Medberry coaches the Beavers’ quarterbacks and has a voice when it comes to BSU’s play calling as the offensive coordinator, conducting a BSU offense known for its efficiency, discipline and run game.
The Beavers have proven to be one of the best rushing offenses in the NSIC in Medberry’s tenure as offensive coordinator. BSU has ranked in the top five in the NSIC in six of the seven years, which includes three seasons finishing in the top 35 nationally (2009 - 27th, 2010 - 35th and 2011 - 10th). In 2011, the Beavers led the NSIC and finished 10th in the nation in rushing offense, while establishing a new BSU record with 2,656 yards. The 31 rushing touchdowns that year ranked second all-time at BSU.
Also in 2011, the Beavers led the NSIC and ranked sixth in NCAA Division II in least amount of sacks allowed. Nationally, the 2009 team finished 12th in pass efficiency, 26th in scoring offense and 27th in rushing offense.
Since returning to BSU, Medberry has coached two quarterbacks to all-conference honors. Derek Edholm earned All-NSIC recognition in three consecutive seasons 2008-10, which included an All-NSIC First Team nod in 2009 when he posted a 160.61 passing efficiency mark that led the league, was eighth in the nation and second on BSU’s single-season chart. He left Bemidji State as the career leader in passing yardage, passing attempts, completions, touchdown passes and total offensive yardage.
Lance Rongstad replaced Edholm as the starter in 2011 and earned all-conference laurels that season and in 2012. A run/pass threat, Rongstad finished his career as the best running quarterback in Beaver lore, as he totaled 2,074 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground. He left his mark on the Bemidji State record book, as his name appears in 15 different top 10 lists, most notably, first in rushing yards per carry, fourth in total offensive yards and fifth in touchdowns responsible for.
At Colorado College, Medberry oversaw the Tiger safeties and was special-teams coordinator.
During his time as a graduate assistant (2003-04) Medberry mentored the program’s running backs, which included Eddie Acosta, BSU’s career record holder in yards (5,766) and rushing touchdowns (64).
An accomplished high school assistant coach before jumping into the collegiate ranks in 2003, Medberry helped direct Thomas Jefferson High in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to a conference title and a perfect 9-0 record in 2000 as offensive line and defensive backs coach. He also helped Lisbon (Iowa) High to a state quarterfinal appearance in 2002.
As a player, Medberry was a two-year letterwinner at defensive back for Cornell (Iowa) and was special teams captain in 1998. He graduated from Cornell in 2000 and earned his masters degree in sports studies from Bemidji State in 2007.
Medberry resides in Turtle River with his wife Ericka and daughter, Isla.