Eric Joel Gonzalez Bocanegra was born March 18, 1973 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. His hometown is Moca, a small town on the West side of the island. At the age of 17 he was signed by his hometown volleyball professional team “Moca Vampiros”. He developed as a setter and played in Puerto Rico professional volleyball leagues for 14 seasons. He played for 5 different teams: Vampiros Moca, Caciques Mayaguez, Gigantes Adjuntas, Playeros San Juan and 2000 National Champions, Rebeldes Moca. He studied Elementary Education in the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo and become an Elementary School teacher. As a coach, Eric started coaching his hometown junior team Rebeldes Moca and won 3 National Championships in a row. In 2000, he was invited to the Puerto Rico Volleyball Federation to be part of the Volleyball National Program. His first international competition was as assistant coach with the Men’s Junior National Team in the 2002 NORCECA Championships in British Columbia, Canada. Others International Tournaments that Eric participated in as assistant coach are: 2006 Men’s Youth NORCECA Championship, Dominican Republic; 2007 Men’s Youth World Championship, Mexico; 2008 USA Volleyball High Performance Tournament, Arizona; 2008 Men’s Junior NORCECA Championship, El Salvador; 2009 USA Volleyball High Performance Tournament, Fort Lauderdale; 2010 USA Volleyball High Performance Tournament, Wisconsin; 2010 Women’s Junior National NORCECA Championship, Mexico.
In 2010 Eric was named head coach of the Puerto Rico Women’s Youth National Team. He participated in the 2010 Women’s Youth NORCECA Championship, Guatemala; 2011 Pan-American Cup, Mexico and qualified the team to the 2011 Women’s Youth World Championship. In 2011 he participated in the Women’s Youth World Championship in Ankara, Turkey. He finished with the Puerto Rico National Teams with the Men’s Junior NORCECA Championship in 2014.
Eric worked for different teams in the Puerto Rico Men’s and Woman’s Volleyball Professional Leagues: Divas Aguadilla (head coach), Gigantes Carolina (assistant coach), Cariduros Fajardo (assistant coach), Orientales Humacao (assistant coach), Valencianas Juncos (assistant coach).
Eric Joel Gonzalez Bocanegra is an FIVB (Federation Internationale de Volleyball) certified coach. In 2006 he was certified as FIVB Volleyball Coach Level I and in 2011 he was certified as FIVB Volleyball Coach Level II achieving the best score in the class after a successful completion of the technical and practical conditions established by the International Coaching Commission.