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STEPHEN P. ERBER
Inducted 1999



A native of Huntington, NY, Steve Erber served as the wrestling coach at Binghamton from 1969-1988. As a faculty member, he founded the wrestling program as a club team in 1967, and was its first varsity coach two years later. He also served eight years as assistant athletics director, five years as associate director, and was promoted to full-professor in 1989. In 22 years at the wrestling helm, Erber lifted Binghamton into the national spotlight with 12 top-20 teams, four national champions and 152 career dual match victories.
Four of his teams placed among the top-5 in the country - highlighted by the 1984 squad's third-place finish at the NCAA Championship. That national achievement remains the greatest of any University team in 53 years of athletic competition. He coached 34 All-Americans and 55 All-State wrestlers, and also produced 19 SUNYAC and 11 New York State champions. Erber brought the NCAA Division III Championships to Binghamton in 1977 and 1984 - the only such national events ever hosted by the University. He also initiated the New York State Collegiate Championships, an event that began in 1971 and has continued for 28 years.
Honors have been widespread for Erber, who has been inducted into the National Division III Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame, and the New York State College Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame. He was given the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, and also was named the Penn State University Wrestling Alumnus of the year in 1990. In 1984, Erber was selected as National Division III Coach of the Year, and twice was the SUNYAC and New York State Coach of the Year. Past-President of SUNYAC, Erber was honored with its Distinguished Service Award in 1996.


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