Rochester, MN — Rochester Community and Technical College has a new football coach. Eric Waldstein comes to RCTC after spending two years as the head football coach at Atlantic High School (IA). 

Prior to that position, Waldstein spent 16 years as a college football coach at the NCAA DII, NCAA DIII, NAIA and NJCAA levels.

“I am very excited to get back to coaching college football,” said Waldstein. “I miss the recruiting and working with student-athletes who are committed to their academics and athletics.”

A native of Northwest Iowa, Waldstein attended Buena Vista University (Storm Lake, IA).  After being a two year starter, he transferred to Morningside College (Sioux City, IA) and was a two year starter.  He graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education.

Waldstein began his coaching career at his alma mater, Morningside, as a graduate assistant coach while working on his M.A. degree in Physical Education, Health and Recreation from the University of South Dakota. After completing his degree, he continued his coaching career at South Dakota School of Mines as the offensive coordinator. He then went to Simpson College and was part of the coaching staff that helped the 2003 Simpson College Football team finish 2nd in the Iowa Conference and earn a spot in the NCAA DIII playoffs. Waldstein’s also held coaching positions at Carthage College, (WI), Cornell College (IA), Harper College (Palatine, IL), and Presentation College (SD).

Waldstein adds, “Education is very important to me and needs to be the top priority for our student-athletes. A football career can be over in one play; a college degree is for life.  I want us to be the model program for NJCAA football on the field, in the classroom and with the character and leadership of our student-athletes.”

Coach Waldstein and the Yellowjackets begin their season in August with their first scheduled game on Saturday, August 27, when they travel to Wahpeton, ND to take on North Dakota State College of Science.