Erica is a strength and conditioning coach based in Baltimore, Maryland. She works with the Baltimore Celtic Soccer Club ECNL boys teams, as well as middle school girls travel teams. She also runs her own training company which focuses on all the aspects of performance training from running mechanics to strength training to technical work. She holds a Master’s degree in Performance Enhanancement and Injury Prevention and is a USSF C License coach.
1. What book(s) have greatly influenced your life? (max 3)
The Power of Now
The Mastery of Love
2. How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favourite failure” of yours?
My favorite failure was a meniscus tear I got after college soccer. From this, I learned how to train properly and reduce my chance of injury through strength training. This failure has sparked my interest in sport performance and helping athletes realize the power of proper training.
3. In the last five years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?
My new belief is to be compassionate toward human beings. People will fall short and that is okay. This has helped me to accept the shortcomings of everyone in my life – family, friends, and colleagues.
4. If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring young coach, What would that advice be?
To keep getting your feet wet. The best teacher is experience and working with athletes in person, especially a diverse group. Never stop learning.
5. What bad advice do you hear most from your area of expertise?
Always ask questions. A lot of my mentors say, “you stop growing the moment you stop asking questions.” In such an oscillating industry, it’s amazing how much we still do not know, so it’s in our best interest to always remain curious so we develop into the best coaches we can be.
6. Who, in your life, has inspired you most? (and why)
My mom. She does what she loves and lives through creativity. I have found I am most fulfilled when I am doing work I care about and I’m able to make an impact larger than myself.
7. How would you best define a coach?
Malleable. A coach who can adapt to different situations, personalities, and learning styles. There is never a set routine for a coach, life happens, and people will be people. We have to do our best to adjust on the fly to any given circumstance and make the most of it.
8. What do you do for your own CPD?
I attend workshops, conferences, and I try to talk to as many people who are smarter than me.