Eric Gallardo Quevedo
13-1 Head Coach
Eric Gallardo Quevedo was born on May 14, 1985, in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. From a young age, he showed a natural talent for sports, and at the age of three, he started playing baseball. However, it wasn't until he was thirteen years old that Eric truly discovered his passion for volleyball and fell in love with the sport. As he pursued his newfound passion, Eric honed his skills as a left-handed and crafty volleyball setter. His dedication and hard work soon paid off when he received a full scholarship to San Benito Catholic School, a prestigious private high school.
In 2001 and 2002, Eric achieved great success as he won the Gold Medal in the USA Junior Olympic Volleyball Championship open and club brackets. These victories solidified his status as a rising star in the world of volleyball. The following year, Eric led his high school team to victory in the national championship in 2003.
Eric's impressive performance on the court caught the attention of talent scouts, and in 2003, he was selected as the first pick for the Puerto Rico Professional Volleyball League (LVSM). This was a significant milestone in Eric's career, as he had the opportunity to showcase his skills at a professional level.
On the international stage, Eric represented Puerto Rico as part of the national Sub 18 team and won the gold medal in the North Central Championship (NORCECA) held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In 2004, he represented his country in the Friendly International Tournament in Pozos de caldas, Brazil, as a member of the national team. During his volleyball career, Eric had the privilege of representing Puerto Rico at the Sub 19 World Championship held in Suphan Buri, Thailand, in 2004. The team's impressive performance led them to a sixth-place finish in the tournament.
Eric continued to excel in his sport, winning the bronze medal in the Sub 20 (NORCECA) championship held in Toronto, Canada, in 2005. As his success grew, offers from multiple NCAA Division 1 schools came pouring in. However, Eric decided to stay in Puerto Rico and attended Interamerican University.
During his time at Interamerican University, Eric proved to be a leader both on and off the court. He led the team to two finals and graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Despite the demands of his academic pursuits, Eric continued to pursue his volleyball career and achieved three championship wins in the semi-pro league with Cafeteros de Yauco and Navegantes de Guayanilla.
Throughout his impressive fourteen-year career in the Puerto Rico Professional Volleyball League, Eric showcased his exceptional talent and dedication to the sport. His skills as a setter and his passion for volleyball have made him a notable figure in Puerto Rican volleyball history.