Eric Guerra begins his eighth year as a member of the senior athletics administrative staff. In his role, Guerra is responsible for communications and new media, event management, facility and capital development, and strength and conditioning. Guerra provides direct administrative support and oversight to baseball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's cross country and track and field and men's and women's swimming.
Over the past five years, he was the primary Athletics lead for the Division I membership requirements, including reclassification and Athletics Certification. It was Guerra's hard work and dedication that helped Seattle U manage the reclassification process and become a full NCAA Division I member.
Prior to his arrival in Seattle, Guerra served six years at the University of Notre Dame as the Coordinator of Student-Athlete Development. In his role, Guerra implemented specialized programming designed to foster holistic development among all Notre Dame student-athletes. His areas of focus included service and leadership, career development, agent and amateurism education, and special events. During Guerra's tenure, Notre Dame was awarded the prestigious Program of Excellence Award for Student Welfare and Development from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) in 2000 and was three times named to the National Consortium of Academics and Sports (NCAS) Community Service Honor Roll between 2003 and 2005. In addition, an unprecedented number Notre Dame football student-athletes (three in all) were named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team between 2000 and 2004, each of whom went onto the NFL.
On top of his work in student development, Guerra served as a member of the game management team overseeing numerous sports. Most notably, he was responsible for managing field level pre-game and sideline operations for all Notre Dame home football games. He also coached annually in the Notre Dame Strength and Speed camp instructing on speed technique and power development.
Guerra earned a Bachelors of Science in Human Nutrition from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. Additionally, he served three years, from 1996 to 1999, in the Department of Athletics at NMSU in a duel role as video coordinator and assistant strength and conditioning coach. As video coordinator, Guerra managed budget planning and resource allocation of all departmental video services. In the area of strength and conditioning, Guerra specialized in implementing speed conditioning and post-injury reconditioning training programs. During his coaching stint, the men's basketball team won the Big West Conference title advancing to the NCAA Tourament for the first time in six years, and the football team realed off more victories that it had in the previous six season combined, including a 35-7 road win over a nationally ranked opponent. Guerra completed his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.) accreditation through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in the spring of 1999.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Guerra holds a Masters of Education in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Athletics. He has also studied in the business schools at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin through the Sports Management Institute (SMI) executive program, which he completed in January of 2004. Most recently, Guerra participated in the "Leading with Dignity" executive program through the Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics during the spring of 2006.
Hampered by a persistent injury, Guerra was a sprinter and hurdler at Adams State College, Alamosa, CO from 1992 through 1994. He later walked-on the University of New Mexico football team in 1994; he then stayed on as an undergraduate student assistant for the 1995 season. Born on Long Island, N.Y., Guerra is married to the former Stephanie Reidy, who serves as an adjuct professor in the Seattle University College of Education. The couple resides with their two young children, Anthony and Mariella, in Seattle.