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End of an era

Erickson retires after 60 years on football sidelines

Doug Erickson shakes hands with his players following his final game coaching the Mohonasen modified football team last Saturday in Rotterdam.

Doug Erickson shakes hands with his players following his final game coaching the Mohonasen modified football team last Saturday in Rotterdam.

“My senior year [at Draper], we went 5-2 and we beat Ravena, who was undefeated at the time,” said Brassard. “I’d never seen him so happy.”

Brassard’s other favorite Erick-son memory came in 1990 when the veteran coach stopped by Brassard’s house to offer him a job.

“I was working the third shift at the time, and he came over and woke me up,” said Brassard. “He told me he had a coaching job for me [at Mohonasen].”

Erickson’s own coach-ing career began after he graduated from Syracuse University in 1952. He went to Coxsackie-Athens first and then went to Draper, where he coached varsity football and baseball from 1954 to 1974. After a one-year stint at Linton High School, he came back to Draper in 1976 and stayed until the school merged with Mohonasen in 1988. He spent one year at Nis-kayuna before becoming Mohonasen’s modified division coach in 1990.

“My favorite kids to work with were the bad ones,” said Erickson. “I enjoyed turning the bad ones around.”

Getting through to teen-agers isn’t easy for any coach, but Scalise said that Erickson did a good job of it.”

“I think one thing you look at when you’re talking about someone coaching for 30, 40, 50 or 60 years is that he loves the game, and he loves working with the kids,” said Scalise. “You have to stay fresh [in your approach], and I think that was something he was good at doing.”

Erickson will now let someone else mold the minds of Mohonasen’s modified division players.

“It’s all been an experi-ence, and now it’s over,” said Erickson.

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