Seasonal Skillz League + Competitive Club Coach
As a youngster, Coach Erik spent every spare moment playing competitive volleyball on the beaches of Lake Erie. If Erik went missing, there was nearly a 100% chance you could find him on “Beach 6” on the peninsula of Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA.
During the peak of his youth volleyball career, Coach Erik was sponsored and traveled throughout 3 different states (Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio) to play in highly competitive indoor and outdoor volleyball tournaments, including indoor sand tournaments. Coach Erik has participated in competitive volleyball matches on grass, sand, asphalt, sport court, and hard court with a wide variety of configurations including club, college, men’s open/AAA, AA and A divisions, co-ed, doubles, 3v3, 4v4, 6v6, and “Mickey/Minnie” style tournaments (guys on the back row and girls on the front row).
Coach Erik later went on to earn the position of team captain as a Freshman at Mercyhurst College, a private Catholic college in Erie, PA. From there, Erik joined the U.S. Navy and eventually had an opportunity to represent the All Navy Volleyball Team. After suffering a military-related back injury, he had to forfeit his position on the All Navy team marking the end of his competitive volleyball days and his military career.
During a nearly 2 decade-long hiatus, Coach Erik went back to college and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Kennesaw State University to learn more about his injuries and how the body works to perform and recover from sports and sports-related injuries. He now pursues his rekindled passion for the game of volleyball as a coach, exercise physiologist, mentor, and Club owner.
Coach Erik spent 2 years with the Etowah Jr. Eagles Volleyball program at E.T. Booth Middle School located in Woodstock, GA during the 2018 and 2019 season. His wife Jessica filled a role as Club Co-Director for the 2019 season as well. Coach Erik then moved on, taking a JV coaching position at North Cobb Christian School for the 2020 school season. NCCS is a private Christian-values-based school located in Acworth, Georgia.
Using his unique web design skills and vast volleyball experience, he continues to build and grow amazing programs and platforms to connect with and make a positive impact in the lives of as many young aspiring volleyball athletes as possible.
His personal mission is to instill strong values and healthy habits, and to provide a positive atmosphere for our kids to grow and learn while helping to overcome the challenges and obstacles they may face as players.
“I am truly blessed during each and every moment that I am on the volleyball court working with our young leaders of tomorrow.“
Coach Erik Welker ~