Eclipse Head Coach – Email
Erik comes to the girls side of soccer after spending 16 years coaching boys and men. Erik trained and coached former and current US Men’s National Team players and numerous college players, but his main focus is now solely on the Eclipse Soccer philosophy.
He believes that under the tutelage of Abner Rogers and Neil Powell, he will be even more successful than he has been in the past. His experience coaching high school, college and semi-pro teams will be an asset to the club and the young women of the Eclipse. His soccer playing experience will also be a plus, as he has gone through all the aforementioned levels of the game.
Concentrating on the development of young girls and helping them achieve all their goals as players, citizens, and future leaders is the main focus for him as a coach. Helping them understand the game and the Eclipse philosophy of soccer is his main priority. “I believe in coaching with a positive attitude, and believing in my players. I have seen many young players develop into outstanding people, and my goal is to continue to develop those young girls into the best athletes and citizens they can be”.
1981-84 Cerritos United Soccer Club
1983-86 Cerritos High School (4 year Varsity Starter / 3 year 1st Team all League Selection / 3 Time All Tournament Team Selection / S.A. Tournament MVP)
1985-86 NHB Soccer Club
1986-88 Cerritos JC ( 88’ Team MVP / 1st Team All Conference / All American)
1988-89 Cal State Dominguez Hills ( Member of the first NCAA Championship Team)
1986-2004 Artesia DES Semi-Pro Soccer Club ( PSL / Coast Soccer League)
Played and trained with Professional Teams in Peru and Portugal.
10 year Head Soccer Coach at Cerritos High School, where he won numerous league championships, tournament championships and was coach of the year three times in the San Gabriel Valley League. Coached three All-Americans, Jorge Salcedo (UCLA, UCLA Men’s Soccer coach), Eddie Soto (Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach Assistant coach) and Eddie Lewis (UCLA, Preston North End, and current US National Team Player). His highlight as a high school coach was the opportunity to coach his younger brothers, reaching the CIF Championship game and seeing his players move on and play at the college level.
Cypress College Men’s Assistant Coach, where he helped them achieve winning seasons all four years he was there.
Artesia DES Soccer Club of the former PSL Semi-Pro League and current CSL Semi-Pro League. First non Portuguese coach to have won the prestigious Artesia Des Memorial Day Tournament as both a player and a coach.
AYSO girls coach in Tustin and Rancho Santa Margarita, selected in both as All Star and Spring Select Coach.
Soccer has brought Erik many experiences and opportunities in life. From playing along side Marcelo Balboa (US National Team Legend), Joe Flanagan (Cal State Dominguez Hills Men’s and Women’s Head coach) and his brothers Gino and Giancarlo Casanova as a Semi-pro player to seeing numerous of his former players shine on the fields of many colleges. His ultimate goal is to help with the development of the Laguna Hills Eclipse teams and players, especially his only daughter, who now proudly wears the colors of the Eclipse, Brianna Casanova.