The 2016-17 season marked the 11th season for Eric Duft as a member of the Weber State coaching staff. He joined the Wildcats with head coach Randy Rahe in 2006. In 2009, Duft was elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach at Weber State.
In his 11 years with the Wildcats, Duft has been a part of five Big Sky Conference titles and three trips to the NCAA Tournament and has coached over 350 games with the Wildcats.
He has also coached six Big Sky Conference MVP’s. David Patten (2007), Kellen McCoy (2009), Damian Lillard (2010, 2012), Davion Berry (2014) and Joel Bolomboy (2016) were all named the Big Sky Conference MVP.
He has helped lead the Wildcats to eight postseason tournament appearances, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2007, 2014 and 2016, two trips to the NIT, and the Collegeinsider.com Tournament in 2012, 2013 and 2017. WSU has also advanced to the Big Sky Tournament in all 11 seasons and has played in the championship game of the tournament seven times.
In his role at Weber State, Duft calls the offensive plays during the game. Under his guidance, Weber State has been one of the top teams in the Big Sky in several statistical categories. During the 2012-13 season the Wildcats led the nation in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage in route to a record-setting 30-7 season.
Duft came to Weber State after spending seven seasons as an assistant coach at Hutchinson Junior College in Hutchinson, Kansas. He served two seasons under current Utah State University head coach, Tim Duryea, and five seasons under Chad Wintz. The 2003-04 team posted a 29-4 record and were ranked among the top five in the country during the course of the season.
A native of Sterling, Kansas, he graduated from Sterling High in 1991 where he was the class valedictorian. He attended Sterling College where he was a four-year letterman under Coach Jim Woudstra. He graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
Prior to his coaching stint at Hutchinson JC, Duft spent one season as an assistant coach at Cowley County (Kansas) CC for Coach Mark Nelson in 1998-99. He also served as an assistant coach at Central (Kansas) Community College under Coach Mike Beard from 1995-97 and was then elevated to head coach for the 1997-98 season before going to Cowley CC.
He and his wife, Sherri, are the parents of an four children Jaret, Halle, Easton and Kourt.