A Bend, Oregon native, Erik graduated from the University of South Dakota (USD) with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science, and a minor in Coaching. Erik is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, and is also CPR/AED and First Aid certified.
In addition to his exercise science educational background, Erik also parlayed his high school state championship in pole vault into a Division 1 college career by competing in pole vault and sprints for the USD Coyotes. Having experienced the transition period from high school athletics to college athletics, Erik has firsthand knowledge, and the ability to prepare his athletes for the college setting. His personal competitive sports background consists of a variety of sports including Track and Field, Soccer, Cycling, Nordic Skiing, Baseball, Swimming, and Triathlon.