Erik Martinson was named UND's Associate Athletics Director for Operations in the summer of 2018 after spending the previous five years in facilities and game operations. Prior to that, Martinson served five years as in the UND Athletics business office.
In his current role, Martinson oversees internal and external facility management and capital projects for the athletics department, game operations for all home competitions, serves on senior staff and is the sport administrator for men’s hockey, men’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis. Martinson has also been selected to the Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Rules Committee. His appointment runs from September 2020 through August 2024.
As director of facilities and game operations, Martinson was involved in the building, opening and management of the $19.5 million, 150,000 square foot High Performance Center, along with overseeing all home event operations. He was also the lead administrator in hosting four NCAA men’s ice hockey regionals in Fargo 2015, 2016 and 2019 and Sioux Falls in 2018.
During his time in the business office, Martinson was directly involved with day-to-day business operations, including maintaining budgets and financials for athletics teams and accompanying administration, sport oversight of creating and monitoring budgets and financial operations, accounts payable and accounts receivable and cash functions, as well as team trip travel and reconciliation with credit cards for travel and supplies.
Martinson, a 2011 graduate of UND, is in his 15th year with the UND Athletics Department, including the last 12 as a full-time employee. He began his tenure as undergraduate intern in the fall 2005 and was promoted to full time as an accounting technician in the spring of 2009.
Martinson graduated from Roseau (Minn.) High School, where he lettered in football, hockey and baseball. His wife, Natalie, is the former head women's golf coach at UND. Their family includes their two daughters, Blair (6) and Ellie (1).
University of North Dakota, Business Administration, 2011