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Eric Hammond
Eric Hammond

Position:
Associate Head Coach

Alma Mater (YR):
Salisbury University '00

10/11/2012

A WALK WITH A HAWK ... FEATURING: MALINE VAITAI

by: David Whigham

09/15/2012

UMES COMES BACK TO DEFEAT NORTH TEXAS, SHUTS OUT ALABAMA STATE IN DAY ONE OF ASU INVITE

Hawks continue strongest start in school history with a 12-1 mark

04/25/2012

FORMER HAWKS SERVING AND HITTING STRONG IN EUROPE

Caylin Woodward, Whitney Johnson and Samantha Chukwura all playing overseas

01/24/2012

UMES SET FOR THIRD INSTALLMENT OF HAWK'S TALK

Guests will include Frankie Allen, Fred Batchelor and Eric Hammond

01/24/2012

UMES SET FOR THIRD INSTALLMENT OF HAWK'S TALK

Guests will include Frankie Allen, Fred Batchelor and Eric Hammond

11/20/2011

2011 MEAC Volleyball Championship

UMES defeated Florida A&M to win the MEAC Championship for the first time in school history! (Megan Raymond photos)

10/20/2011

UMES @ Hampton, 10/14/11

UMES taking on Hampton, defeating the Lady Pirates in three sets to take sole possession of first place.

Eric Hammond is in his eighth season with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore volleyball program. After serving as a volunteer assistant coach in 2002 (for Toby Rens) and assistant coach in 2006 (for Alex Temkin), Hammond was promoted to associate head coach by Don Metil in 2007 with the added responsibility of recruiting coordinator in 2009. Among other duties, he is involved in all areas of on-floor coaching, player development, match preparation, recruiting, scouting and logistics. In his time on campus, the Hawks have compiled two NCAA Tournament berths, two MEAC championships, seven seasons of 20 or more wins, four undefeated conference regular season runs and six MEAC Northern Division regular season championships.

In 2012, Hammond's role was invaluable to UMES finishing with a 28-6 overall record, the best mark in school history. The Hawks went 11-1 in MEAC play and won a second straight MEAC championship. In addition, he took over as acting head coach during the ASU Tournament in September. With Hammond at the helm and without UMES's top outside hitter, the Hawks won all four matches, including wins over North Texas, Alabama State, Troy and eventual SWAC champion Jackson State, to be the champion of the invitational. UMES led the MEAC in almost all major categories, including hitting percentage, opponent's hitting percentage, assists per set, kills per set and aces per set, finishing second in the NCAA in the final category. UMES went to Nebraska for the NCAA Tournament berth, falling to the Cornhuskers but dramatically improving upon last year's postseason performance.

In 2011, Hammond assisted Metil in accomplishing the most successful season in program history. The Hawks posted a 12-0 conference record and the university's very first MEAC Volleyball Championship. The Hawks led the MEAC in nearly every category, including hitting percentage, opposing hitting percentage, assists per set, kills per set and blocks per set. In the program's first ever NCAA Tournament berth, UMES fell to eventual national champion UCLA in Los Angeles.

In addition to the team success that UMES has achieved under Hammond's assistance, the Hawks have garnered several individual awards during his tenure. Hammond has helped coach, and in most cases recruit, one AVCA National Player of the Week (first in conference history), one MEAC Championship Most Outstanding Player, three MEAC Player of the Year honorees, five MEAC Rookie of the Year winners, nine All-MEAC First Team and seven All-MEAC Second Team selections. The Hawks are also guided to achieve high marks in the classroom, evident by several academic honors, including multiple MEAC All-Academic Team scholar-athlete awards and ESPN The Magazine District II CoSIDA All-Academic Second Team selection Zoe Bowens.

In April of 2009, Hammond was the head coach and tournament coordinator for the "UMES CSI: Collegiate Sand Invitational," a doubles sand volleyball event. It featured multiple teams of student-athletes from UMES, Delaware State University and Salisbury University. Hammond led UMES, including one undefeated duo, to the gold medal.

Over the past several summers, Hammond has coached either beach or indoor camps for multiple organizations, including the AVP pro beach tour and High Peaks Elite Volleyball Camps & Clinics. In the summer of 2012, he also worked as an assistant coach with USA Volleyball's Beach High Performance Tryout/Camp in Delaware. Prior to his return to UMES, Hammond was the head coach of the 15's and 16's teams for the Delmarva Juniors Volleyball Club from 2005-2007.

As a player, Hammond grew up in the beach game in the Mid-Atlantic area, but played indoors at Salisbury University for their men's intercollegiate club team, primarily as an opposite.

Hammond is the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference representative on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Assistant Coaches Committee and is the chair of the Publications Sub-committee. He has also served on the AVCA Sand Volleyball Subcommittee. He is a member of USA Volleyball plus is an I.M.P.A.C.T. certified coach in both indoor and beach disciplines. Hammond also serves as a writer and editor for multiple national volleyball magazines.

A native of the Delmarva Peninsula, Hammond graduated from Salisbury University in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in Communications. He currently resides in Delmar, Maryland.