|Ernie Ansah ‘96|
Class of 2010
Great student-athletes have come to WPI from all over the country and the world. The Engineers football program, however, didn’t have to go that far to find an outstanding running back. In fact, Ernie Ansah was living right here in Worcester.
Coming off a strong 1991 season, optimism was high for WPI in 1992. Ansah delivered right off the bat and was named Freedom Football Conference Rookie of the Year and two-time ECAC Rookie of the Week while gaining 680 yards on the ground and scoring five touchdowns. The rookie teamed with fellow Hall of Famer Jason Wooley to give the Engineers one of the most feared running back combos on the East Coast. WPI swept through the FFC and earned the program’s first-ever bid to the NCAA Championships.
During his sophomore year, Ansah helped the team again run through the Freedom Football Conference with a perfect 5-0 record under new head coach Kevin Morris. He contributed to the WPI attack with a rushing and a receiving touchdown. The following season saw Ansah make a major breakthrough. In his junior season he amassed a total of 910 yards on the ground—the eighth best in school history—and scored 10 touchdowns. Ansah earned first-team Freedom Football Conference honors and was an ECAC all-star. Again the Engineers enjoyed success on the field as they posted a winning season for the sixth straight year, tying the best stretch in program history.
Ansah concluded his standout career by scampering for 876 yards and five touchdowns during his senior campaign in 1995. He proved his versatility by posting career-high receiving numbers of 27 catches for 154 yards. For the second straight year, Ansah drew first-team FFC honors and was twice tabbed as the circuit’s Player of the Week.
The WPI record book still has Ansah’s name splashed all over it. His 2,698 yards career rushing yards rank him fourth all-time, while his 138 points, including 22 total touchdowns, are the ninth all-time in program history.
“Ernie’s power and athleticism made him a threat every time he touched the ball,” said Hall of Famer Brian Learned. “He was talented in all facets—he was a powerful runner between the tackles, he could turn the corner with ease, and he was so agile catching out of the backfield. Ernie was a very complete back.”
Ansah graduated from WPI in the spring of 1996 with a degree in mechanical engineering with biomedical interests.
He currently is the Quality Manager of Clinical Business Operations for Waters Corporation in Milford. Ernie and wife, Natalie, live in Plymouth with their children, Keenan and Isabel.