Eric Armstrong is in his third season as assistant coach with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team.
Armstrong came to UMES after a two-year career at Division II national power Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C. He also played one season in the Western Major Baseball League, a summer collegiate league based in Saskatchewan and Alberta, for the Yorkton Cardinals.
"We're excited to have Eric join our staff," said UMES head coach Will Gardner upon Armstrong's hiring. "He brings a ton of enthusiasm to the field every day. He's eager to help us in our efforts to grow this program into a strong, competitive program."
A 2008 graduate of Francis Marion with a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in History, Armstrong also earned an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts from Salem Community College (Carneys Point, N.J.) in 2006.
A middle infielder, he set numerous records at Pitman (N.J.) High School and Salem, including home runs in a single season and career at both schools.
In 2006 at Salem, Armstrong was the NJCAA Region 19 RBI leader (57) and was among the national leaders in that category.
At Pitman, he was an All-South Jersey/All-Groups first team selection and also earned all-state Group 1 first team honors in 2004.
Armstrong was a four-time All-Tri-County Conference selection in high school with more than 100 career hits, 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored. He was twice nominated for Gloucester County High School Player of the Year honors.
A member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international junior-college honor society, he is pursuing a Master's degree in Criminology.
He is the son of Susan and Harry Armstrong, has two brothers, Ryan and Alex, and resides in Fruitland, Md.