Eric Studesville ’89 just received a big promotion. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater alumnus and former Warhawk football player is now interim head coach of the NFL’s Denver Broncos.
The franchise made the announcement Monday. Studesville, who served as the Broncos’ running backs coach, said he was “surprised and humbled and honored” to get the job.
“I absolutely want to do this. You aspire in anything you do to rise to the very top of what it is,” he said. “There is no greater position in the game of football than a head football coach in the National Football League. And to be representing one of 32 organizations – and certainly one of the winningest organizations – is an incredible honor for me and something that I'm very proud of and I take with a lot of responsibility to go forward.”
Studesville, a Verona native, played defensive back for UW-Whitewater from 1985-1988. He earned his undergraduate degree in physical education.
“He always wanted to be a head coach,” said Bob Berezowitz, head coach of the Warhawk football team from 1985-2006. “Now he has a four-week audition, an exciting opportunity.”
Studesville hopes to turn around a Broncos team that lost 17 of its past 22 games. Many outsiders thought the interim coaching job would go to an offensive or defensive coordinator. When Studesville was asked to steady the ship, his friends and colleagues were not surprised.
“It says a lot about Eric’s leadership, character and ability to work with different people,” said current UW-Whitewater football coach Lance Leipold. “He’s very dedicated.”
Leipold and Studesville became friends when they played football together at UW-Whitewater. Both of them are now head coaches. Leipold and the Warhawks are defending NCAA Division III champions and will play Saturday, Dec 11 against Wesley College for a chance to make a sixth consecutive Stagg Bowl appearance.
As head coach of an NFL team, Studesville has a chance to add to UW-Whitewater’s football legacy of producing quality athletes, coaches and trainers.
“Eric worked hard to make his way up the NFL ranks,” Leipold said. “We’re very proud of him.”