Dennis Erickson to coach Utah pro team in new Alliance of American Football

SALT LAKE CITY — Dennis Erickson will be coaching again — and in Rice-Eccles Stadium, to boot.

The former University of Utah assistant coach has been named the first head coach of Alliance Salt Lake, which was introduced as one of the first four members of the fledgling Alliance of American Football league.

Salt Lake’s squad will play its home schedule on the Utes’ turf, a fact that helped entice Erickson out of retirement.

Hearing that Salt Lake City was one of the first teams — and the one he’d coach — was a huge bonus for Erickson. His 47-year coaching career included four seasons in Utah including one season (2013) as Kyle Whittingham’s offensive coordinator.

Tom Lindquist