Eric offers 35+ years volleyball experience that includes playing at the highest club levels and coaching at one of the nation's top men's collegiate volleyball programs.
Eric served as assistant coach of the Penn State University Men's Varsity team 1985-88 under Hall of Fame coach Dr. Tom Tait. The Nittany Lions captured two EIVA Championships, earned two NCAA Final Four appearances and finished in the top five nationally in each of his three years. The 1986 team swept perennial power UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on the way to hosting the NCAA Final Four Championships, finishing third. Two years later, the Nittany Lions held the #1 spot in the polls for most of the 1988 season.
As a setter on a top open club team in the Keystone Region of USA Volleyball, Shope led his team to runner-up finishes in the regional championships and against the nation's top club teams at the USA Volleyball Open Championships.
Eric has served youth volleyball players as a skills clinician and camp coach, and later as head coach of his daughter's USAV juniors club team. Eric is IMPACT certified by USA Volleyball and earned his BS from Penn State University.