Eli Wicklund joned the Rice staff in the spring of 2014 as the Owls' quality control coach.
He came to Rice after one season at North Park University in Chicago where he coached defensive backs. In 2013, the Vikings ended a 13-year conference drought in 2013 with three conference victories and had their best finish in the conference since 1971. During 2013, he coached junior cornerback Phillip Pendleton to 2nd team All-Conference honors. He also served as the team's video coordinator and equipment manager.
He joined the Vikings from Miami University where spent eight seasons with the Redhawks in a variety of roles, most recently as the defensive graduate assistant where he worked with the defensive backs and linebackers.
A 2009 graduate of Miami (B.S. in Sports Studies with minors in Coaching and English Literature), Wicklund joined the staff that same year in dual positions with Mike Haywood's staff as recruiting and defensive intern.
As an undergraduate, Wicklund held a variety of positions and responsibilities. As a senior in 2008, he moved on the field during practices as student assistant with the wide receivers and into the press box on game days assisting with opponent charting all the while continuing with the responsibilities of student defensive quality control off the field.
He began with the Redhawks in 2005 as a freshman video staff volunteer.
Wicklund graduated from East Jessamine High School in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
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