Eric Ludwig returns to the sidelines in 2017 for his sixth season as the offensive line coach, and third as the offensive coordinator at Wesleyan. The 2016 offense averaged 416.6 yards per game and 31.5 points per game – both of which are the most since the 1998 season – while the team’s 59 points against Little Three foe Williams College last year was the most scored by either team in the 122-year rivalry. The Cardinals also averaged 237.8 passing yards per game this past season – the most since the 2002 campaign.
In 2016, sophomore center Joe Wilson collected First Team All-NESCAC honors, while senior tackle Matt Polacek was named to the Second Team. Ludwig has had at least one offensive lineman earn First Team All-NESCAC laurels in each of his first five seasons at Wesleyan, while a total of eight offensive lineman have received an all-conference selection during his tenure.
Ludwig joined the Cardinals’ coaching staff in 2012 after serving as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at N.Y. Maritime College. In his two seasons as offensive coordinator, N.Y. Maritime went 18-3, and made an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. For three seasons as the offensive line coach, Ludwig coached nine All-Conference selections. N.Y. Maritime led all of Division III in both 2009 and 2010 in sacks allowed, and finished the 2009 season ranked fourth in the nation in rushing offense. Ludwig also spent time as the recruiting coordinator and the strength and conditioning coach at Maritime.
Prior to his stint at Maritime, Ludwig was the offensive line graduate assistant coach at Springfield College for two seasons. In 2007, Springfield was second in the nation in sacks allowed and third in rushing offense. Before arriving at Springfield, he coached the tight ends for Williams College under current Wesleyan Director of Athletics, Mike Whalen ’83. The 2006 team finished a perfect 8-0.
A 2006 graduate of Williams College, Ludwig was a captain of the 2005 squad and earned All-NESCAC, All-ECAC, and All-American honors as an offensive lineman. He also played in the Aztec Bowl, a Division III All-Star game played between the United States and Mexico.
Ludwig and his wife, Rachel, the Deputy Director of Athletics at Wesleyan, currently reside in Portland, Conn. with their son, Will.