'My primary motivation as a sports performance coach is to help athletes reach their potential. I care about every athlete I work with to the extent that I will do anything I can to help them- in or out of the weight room.'
Eric Hammer began his career as the Assistant Director of Olympic Sports Performance in 2005 and was promoted to Associate Director in 2010. In this role he works with baseball, volleyball and track and field.
Hammer came to the University of Louisville after serving for four years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He began his strength and conditioning career as a student volunteer at UNO and worked his way to graduate assistant before landing a full-time position coach. At UNO, Eric was the primary strength coach for football, baseball, swimming, and track and field. During his tenure his teams won two conference championships in football, one conference championship with baseball. He also had two swimming teams and one track and field team finish in the top ten nationally.
A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Eric played four years of collegiate baseball at Hutchinson Junior College, Western Kentucky University and UNO combined. Hammer was graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from UNO. In 2005 he received a Master's degree in Exercise Science, also from UNO. He is a member of and certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and United States Weightlifting.
Eric is a professional strongman competitor.