Four-time Olympian Bret Erickson has been named as Midland University’s head coach of shotgun sports.

Erickson, a Bennington native, is the former coach of the United States National Shooting Sports Team.

"Bret is a giant. He is a monumental figure in the world of shotgun sports," Midland president Ben Sasse said. "As a world champion and coach of the U.S. national team he has spent his career defining excellence in his craft. A coach of this caliber will redefine the future of shotgun sports across the region."

Erickson comes to Midland after serving as national shotgun sports coach and heading the resident athlete program at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

As a competitive shooter, Erickson spent 25 years on the national stage as a member of the USA shooting national team.

In addition to being a six-time USA Shooting national champion, he was a member of the 1992, 1996, 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams, a 1990 world champion in Double Trap and a four-time World Championship medalist.

He was a 2001 World Clay Target Championships silver medalist in men's trap, 1991 World Clay Target Championships silver medalist in men's double trap and is a multiple World Cup and Pan American Games medalist.

Erickson returns to his alma mater as the head of the university’s newly formed men’s and women’s shotgun sports programs.

His squads will compete against schools throughout the Midwest in a variety of shooting events.

Despite growing popularity of shotgun sports, Midland University remains the only institution in Nebraska to offer scholarships for varsity athletes.