Eric Ernst enters his 20th season with the Merrimack men's soccer program, continuing his role as Asst. Men's Soccer Coach in 2016.
During his tenure at Merrimack, the Warriors have captured four Northeast-10 titles, one ECAC Championship, two Northeast-10 Goalkeepers of the Year and one Northeast-10 Player of the Year award.
His efforts on the coaching staff helped produce two of the greatest seasons in program history in 2012 and 2014. The Warriors finished 15-4-2 during the 2012 campaign, earning their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament while also laying claim to the NE-10 regular season title. The Warriors advanced to their third-ever NCAA Tourney in 2015, improving to 3-0 in the First Round with a win over Le Moyne
2014 saw the Warriors finish 15-5-2, qualifying for the program's second NCAA Tournament as the No. 4 seed in the East Region. Merrimack defeated Philadelphia University in the first round, and followed that up with an upset victory against second-seeded Southern CT. Merrimack advanced to the East Region Final for the first time in program history, and in the process, hosted its first ever NCAA Tournament game.
Ernst joined the Warriors coaching staff after serving as the goalkeeper coach at his alma mater, the University of Rhode Island, where he was a two-year starter in net for the Rams. A native of Cranston, R.I., Ernst graduated with a bachelor of arts in political science and sociology. Ernst also graduated from Richmond College in Florence, Italy, where he studied Italian and economics.
Ernst played high school soccer at Cranston West and was a two-time all-state goalkeeper. He was a three-sport athlete, earning varsity letters in soccer, baseball and wrestling.
Ernst has been employed at AMICA Mutual Insurance Company as a Senior Claims Supervisor in the Boston Regional office since 1994. Ernst and his wife, Carrie, reside in Attleboro, MA, with their daughter, Ashlee.