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Eric Baker - Current Goalie Head Coach

Eric began playing water polo as a freshman in high school. He competed in water polo and swimming for all four years, before being in an accident his senior year. This accident unfortunately ended his water polo career. 

Eric didn’t give up on sports, and he kept competing in various events. He began playing wheelchair rugby. In 2011 earned a scholarship for rugby to University of Arizona. While competing for UA, he helped the Wildcats achieve multiple top 10 finishes at the national championships, and two appearances in the DII national championship.

After he graduated from Arizona, Eric moved back to Merced, where he also returned to aquatics, and began coaching water polo. In 2016 and 2017,  he was an assistant water polo coach for Merced Community College. In 2018-2020, he moved to Clovis to get his masters degree in Kinesiology and Sport Psychology from Fresno State. 

During this time, Eric taught an aquatics class for Fresno State and served as one of the coaches for the women’s club water polo team.

Since graduating, Eric now works as the Training Coordinator focusing on coaching education and athlete development for a company out of Los Angeles. He also is the assistant coach for the Varsity and JV boys at Sanger High School.


Eric Baker

4 years of coaching experience

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