Eric started playing soccer at the age of 8, as a cross training sport for hockey. He instantly fell in love with the beautiful game. He played Keeper at a young age but was moved to his home position of Sweeper, where he stayed through high school, because of his long legs and speed.
Eric went on to coach in soccer, and also was a goalie coach in hockey around the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota throughout his adult life.
In 2004, after a 1992 work injury and the on-set of an incurable disease called CRPS II (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), Eric had to make the hardest decision of his life. He chose to have his right arm amputated below the elbow. It changed his life forever…….
In 2006 Eric was recruited by the U.S. National Amputee Soccer Team to come to a tryout in Philadelphia. Never would he have thought that such a traumatic event in his life would open a door like this to him. He accepted the offer and competed for three days in front of the coaching staff and other team members. At the end of the camp Eric was offered the starting Keeper position for the team.
Since joining the team in 2006 Eric has multiple caps and has never recorded a loss while in goal. His GAA is 1.22 and his Save percentage is .899. Eric also serves as the Head of Goalkeeper Development for the American Amputee Soccer Association and is responsible for developing and training all new amputee keepers in the program.
Eric & his family moved to Myrtle Beach, SC in 2008 so he could train and play soccer year round, both able-bodied and amputee. He is a Keeper Coach for some of the local high schools in his county and offers private training sessions for both able-bodied and amputee keepers of all ages.
Eric is currently trained by some of J4K’s own coaches from around the country.