Erica Gartner was named the Bemidji State Women's Golf interim head coach in March 2022. She also completed her second season with the Bemidji State Women's Basketball coaching staff in 2021-22. She was a three-time letter winner with Beaver Women's Golf from 2017-20 and a four-time letter winner with Beaver Women's Basketball from 2016-20 under Head Coach Chelsea DeVille.
In her first tournament as Head Coach for the Beaver Women's Golf program, the team ended in a season-high third place at the Jimmie Spring Swing. Gartner coached the Beavers through three tournaments to close out the 2021-22 season. They competed in the Spring Swing, Wildcat Classic, and the NSIC Championships. The team averaged a score of 357.7 per four-player round with an average of 71 strokes over par across the whole season.
During the 2021-22 season, the Beaver Women's Basketball program marked a 14-13 record with a record of 11-10 in NSIC play. The Beavers started the season strong with a three-game win streak and finished the season in the second round of the NSIC Playoffs at the Sanford Health Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. During the season, Rachael Heittola earned NSIC Player of the Week honors twice and was named to the All-NSIC First Team whille Trinity Yoder was named to the All-NSIC Second Team. Trinity Yoder and Brooklyn Bachmann both added their names to the BSU 1,000 Points Club during the season. The team earned ten selections to the NSIC All-Academic Team with seven student-athletes receiving honors for the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence. One of the seven selections, Rumer Flatness, was also honored with the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Elite 18 Award for holding the highest cumulative GPA amongst the NSIC Championship site attendees.
On the court, Gartner helped the Beavers to a 10-6 record overall and 8-4 mark in conference play during the 2020-21 season. BSU advanced to the NSIC Tournament Quarterfinals for the second time in the last three seasons, taking a 71-70 win over Concordia University-St. Paul Feb. 26 in Sioux Falls, S.D., and made the NSIC Tournament Semifinals for the first time since 2004. The Beavers finished with their first winning season, overall and in conference play, since 1995-96 and its most conference victories since the 2007-08 season, including a seven-game winning streak for its longest such streak in a season since 1987-88. BSU began its winning streak with an 82-76 overtime win over Minnesota State University, Mankato, snapping an 11-game losing streak to the Mavericks, and followed with a sweep over Minnesota State University Moorhead, snapping a 17-game losing streak to the Dragons along with its first sweep of MSUM since the 2003-04 season. Sophomore center Rachael Heittola was selected to the All-NSIC First Team and senior guard Brooklyn Bachmann was named to the All-NSIC Second Team to become the first BSU duo named all-conference since the 2013-14 season. Bemidji State featured 12 selections to the NSIC All-Academic Team, its most all-academic team members in program history.
Gartner played point guard under DeVille for 106 games, which is tied for ninth-most in program history. She averaged 14.2 minutes per game and finished her career with 89 3-pointers on 33.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Gartner dished out 0.87 assists per game through her career and saw her best season statistically as a sophomore after totaling 140 points, 33 assists, and 21 steals in 21.0 minutes per game.
During her time with the BSU women's golf team, Gartner played in four events during each of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, and one as a senior in 2019-20. She holds a career-low round of 79, a two-round low of 164 (set twice) and a three-round low of 278 set at the NSIC Women's Golf Championship to end the 2018-19 season.
Gartner graduated from Bemidji State in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. She will pursue a master's degree in environmental science while she coaches.