The 2013-14 season marked the eighth year for Eric Duft with the Wildcat coaching staff. He came to Weber State with Coach Randy Rahe in 2006. In 2009, Duft was elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach for the Wildcats.
During the past season, Duft helped lead the Wildcats to the 2013-14 Big Sky Conference title, the Big Sky Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. It marked the second NCAA Tournament appearance for coach Duft at Weber State.
While a member of the coaching staff with the Wildcats, Weber State has won four Big Sky titles with five conference MVP awards. David Patten (2007), Kellen McCoy (2009), Damian Lillard (2010, 2012) and Davion Berry (2014) were all named the Big Sky Conference MVP. He has helped lead the Wildcats to seven postseason tournament appearances, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and 2014, two trips to the NIT, and the Collegeinsider.com Tournament championship game in 2013.
In his role at Weber State, Duft calls the offensive plays during the game. Last season Weber State led 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 assistant 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.