Erik Chinander
Current position
TitleDefensive coordinator
ConferenceBig Ten
Biographical details
Born (1979-12-19) December 19, 1979 (age 41)
Playing career
Position(s)Offensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2003Ellsworth CC (OL/DL)
2004–2009Northern Iowa (TE/RC)
2010–2012Oregon (GA)
2013Philadelphia Eagles (Asst. DL)
2014–2015Oregon (OLB)
2016–2017UCF (DC)
2018–presentNebraska (DC)

Erik Chinander (born December 19, 1979) is an American football coach. He is currently the defensive coordinator at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.[1] He played college football for Iowa.[2] He was also Scott Frost's defensive coordinator at UCF for two years, including the undefeated 2017 UCF team that was ranked No. 6 in the final AP Poll.[3]


  1. ^ Sam McKewon (August 25, 2018). "Erik Chinander is rare breed of defensive coordinator who can embrace Scott Frost's winning model". Omaha World-Herald.
  2. ^ Evan Bland (November 20, 2018). "Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander has a history with Hawkeyes but a heart for Huskers". Omaha World-Herald.
  3. ^ "Can Erik Chinander go down as one of the great UCF defensive coordinators?". The Orlando Sentinel. November 10, 2016.