Eddie Faulkner
Eddie Faulkner

Assistant Coach/Running Backs

1st Season at NIU

Alma Mater, Year:
Wisconsin, 2000


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Eddie Faulkner, who has spent the last six seasons coaching running backs at Ball State and served as the Cardinals' offensive coordinator for the past two years, joins Northern Illinois' offensive coaching staff as running backs coach.

Faulkner has coached the running backs at Ball State since 2005 and has been the Cardinals' offensive coordinator for the last two seasons. Under his direction, tailback MiQuale Lewis set the Ball State single season rushing record during the Cardinals' undefeated Mid-American Conference regular season campaign in 2008.

Ball State was ranked for nine straight weeks that season and achieved a ranking of as high as No. 12 in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings. The previous year, the BSU backfield tallied nearly 2,000 rushing yards despite losing Lewis in the fifth game of the season. Ball State played in bowl games following both the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

After beginning his coaching career at Anderson University in 2002 as running backs coach and junior varsity offensive coordinator, Faulkner, a native of Muncie, spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons on the Ball State coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach.

He was a four-year letterwinner at tailback for the University of Wisconsin and helped the Badgers to two Big Ten Championships and five bowl games during his playing career. After graduating from UW, he was a free agent signee of the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001 and played professionally with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.

About Faulkner


2011- Northern Illinois (Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator)
2003-10 Ball State
- Offensive Coordinator/RBs (2009-10)
- Running Backs/Special Teams (2005-08)
- Graduate Assistant (2003-04)
2002 Anderson (Running Backs)


2009 GMAC Bowl (Ball State, Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs)
2008 International Bowl (Ball State, Running Backs/Special Teams)
2000 Sun Bowl (Wisconsin, Player)
1999 Rose Bowl (Wisconsin, Player)
1998 Rose Bowl (Wisconsin, Player)
1997 Outback Bowl (Wisconsin, Player)
1996 Copper Bowl (Wisconsin, Player)


1996-2000 Wisconsin (Running Back)


College: B.A., Wisconsin, 2000
M.A., Ball State, 2004


Birthdate: Oct. 20, 1977
Birthplace: Muncie, Ind.
Hometown: Muncie, Ind.
Family: Wife, Anissa, son Eddie IV and daughter Madison Rose

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