Head Football Coach—Eric Waldstein begins his second year as the head coach. Coach Waldstein brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the RCTC program. He has been coaching football for 19 years, 17 of those as the college level. Prior to coming to RCTC, Coach Waldstein was the head football coach at Atlantic High School in Atlantic, Iowa, for two years.
Coach Waldstein is from Sioux Rapids, Iowa, and attended Buena Vista University and Morningside College. He graduated from Morningside College with a B.S. in Elementary Education. He started his coaching career at Morningside as a graduate assistant football coach while completing his M.A. in physical education from the University of South Dakota. He then went on to be the offensive coordinator at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. From there he went back to Iowa to coach running backs at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where the team qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2003. After Simpson, Coach Waldstein coached linebackers at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., for two years. During his first season at Carthage, the Red Men won a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin conference championship, and qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs. Waldstein returned to Iowa to coach running backs at Cornell College for three seasons. After leaving Cornell, Coach Waldstein spent three years as the Head Coach at Harper College, a community college in Palatine, Ill., until the football program was discontinued there. He was the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach at Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D., for two years before going to Atlantic High School. Coach Waldstein is married to the former Hillary Pierce. They have been together since high school. They have one son, Xander, and two daughters Ryan and Torunn.