Eric Schmitt is the Director of Sports Performance at UCSB where he oversees all aspects of strength & conditioning and nutritional needs of the 450 Gaucho student-athletes across 20 programs.
Eric was hired at UCSB after serving as an assistant sports performance director at UCLA where he was responsible for the assessment, design and implementation of all aspects of the men’s soccer, men and women’s golf, and men and women’s water polo teams athletic performance programs. He designed and implemented all aspects of performance enhancement programming from in-season and off-season sport specific preparation, movement skills, plyometric, speed, agility, conditioning, and injury prevention.
Before arriving at UCLA, Eric held a dual Graduate Associate position in Strength and Conditioning and Applied Nutrition at Springfield College. As a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach he worked primarily with men’s lacrosse and soccer teams. He has completed various internships such as Cal Poly SLO, Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (Boston, MA) and most recently with the San Jose Sharks Hockey Club.
Eric earned his bachelor’s of science from California Polytechnic State University with a concentration in Kinesiology in 2011, graduating magna cum laude. He obtained a Master’s of Science in Strength and Conditioning from Springfield College in 2013.
Eric has his NSCA certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is Functional Movement Systems levels 1 and 2 certified and also holds certifications with United States of America Weightlifting and Precision Nutrition.