Eric Dougal Named UW-Platteville Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

August 26, 2011

Eric Dougal has been named assistant men’s basketball coach for the Pioneers, University of Wisconsin-Platteville head coach Jeff Gard announced Thursday.

For the last five years, the Janesville, Wisconsin native has been an assistant coach at Manchester College, where he was involved with all aspects of the Spartans’ men’s basketball program. He served as the team’s recruiting coordinator, plus he was involved with scouting, travel planning, academic advising, budget planning and implementation, as well as NCAA compliance.

While at Manchester, the Spartans posted a 22-7 overall record and No. 18 in the final D3Hoops.com poll. In addition, they were ranked third in the Midwest Region and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1998-99 season. He was involved in the tutelage of the Heartland Conference Player-of-the-Year and NABC All-American (Jordan Moss), as well as the Heartland Conference Tournament MVP (Jason Spindler). The Spartans, under Dougal, were among the top in the conference in field-goal percentage defense and scoring defense. Offensively, they were 16th in the country in field-goal percentage.

In addition to his basketball responsibilities, he served as a strength and conditioning coach for five Manchester College teams and taught as an instructor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences. He also managed the Junior Spartans Basketball Camp and supervised the student managers in the men’s basketball program.

Prior to entering the college coaching ranks, he served as the Head Coach of the Freshman Boys Team at Janesville Craig High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he played two years of basketball and two years of football and will graduate with his master’s degree from Ball State University in December.

Dougal, his wife, Kelly and son, DJ, reside in Platteville.