New assistant basketball coach Eric Skeeters grew up just a few miles from the UMBC campus.
A standout point guard in basketball and a midfielder in lacrosse at Woodlawn High, Skeeters earned all-county honors in lacrosse during his playing days. He competed in both basketball and lacrosse throughout his athletic career that began as a youngster at St. Mark's School in the Catonsville Midget League. A knee injury suffered at CCBC-Catonsville eventually ended his collegiate playing career.
A 1986 graduate of Woodlawn High School in Baltimore, Skeeters got his start in coaching as the junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at Baltimore's St. Frances Academy from 1992-96 under coach William Wells. Skeeters also coached two prominent AAU teams in the Washington/Baltimore area, the DC Assault from 1995-96 and the Baltimore’s Best/Baltimore Select squads from 1992-94.
Most recently, the veteran mentor served for two seasons as assistant men's basketball coach at George Mason. He joined the Patriots’ staff following four seasons at the University of South Florida. A member of the Bulls’ staff from 2009-13, Skeeters helped lead the BIG EAST squad to its first NCAA Tournament bid in 20 years. It came in 2012, when the Bulls defeated California and Temple before falling to Ohio in the round of 32.
Prior to his arrival in Tampa, Skeeters was a member of the staff at Towson University for six seasons, and also served as an assistant at Virginia Tech, Youngstown State, along with his alma mater, Coppin State. Skeeters has worked with a number of NBA and international professional players, including the San Antonio Spurs’ Gary Neal and a close relationship with the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony.
Skeeters was awarded a bachelor's in management science from Coppin State in 1997. He earned an associate's degree in 1991 from CCBC-Catonsville (formerly known as Catonsville Community College), where he played lacrosse and basketball for two seasons, leading his region in assists in 1990.
Eric and his wife, Marie, have two sons, Evan and Miles.