Originally from El Paso, Texas, Eric Soto has been coaching volleyball for 20 years. He was introduced to the game in 1999 when he was asked to coach 7th grade girls at the middle school which he was teaching at. Since that time, Eric has coached middle school and high school at the 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A classifications. In 2009, his family moved to Central Texas, after he joined the coaching staff at Hutto High School. For the past six years, Eric has been the varsity head coach at Taylor High School, the home of the Ducks. He is very glad and excited to be a Cedar Ridge Raider this school year.
In his career, Eric has worked volleyball camps with universities and coaches around the country including Texas Christian University individual skills and team camps, New Mexico State University individual skills and team camps, Radford University individual camp, University of Texas at El Paso individual skills satellite camp, and Charlene Johnson-Tagaloa setter and individual camps. He has also coordinated several volleyball clinics including Rapidfire Volleyball Club clinics, Ken Murphy’s (UTEP) clinics, Marcy Jenkins’s (Radford), Charlene Johnson-Tagaloa’s and Kevin Hambly’s (USA Volleyball) clinics. In addition, he was also asked to present to the Texas Girls Coaches Association at the El Paso satellite clinic in August 2008.
Eric began his club coaching experience in 2003 with Sunspots Volleyball Club in El Paso. From 2005 to 2009, he coached for Rapidfire Volleyball Club serving as a head coach from 14s, 15s, 16s, and 18s. Eric also served as the Club Director for Rapidfire in his last two years with the club. Since his move to Austin area, he has coached for Pflugerville Volleyball Club, Texas Eclipse Volleyball, Club Jollyville and CAPTEX at 13s, 14s,15s, 16s, 17s. Eric is IMPACT certified, CPR/First Aid/AED trained and is a member of the Texas Girls Coaches Association and Texas High School Coaches Association.
Eric is a World Geography teacher at Cedar Ridge High School. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts (History) from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1998. He is married and has three children. Outside of volleyball he enjoys cooking and listening to music.
VARSITY ASSISTANT/FLEX COACH
Coach George Pina joins the Lady Raider Volleyball Coaching staff with 10 years of coaching experience. He comes to Cedar Ridge after four years of being the JV/Varsity Assistant Coach at Connally HS in PfISD. Pina has also coached club volleyball since 2014. In addition to being a former Club Director & Director of Operations, he has coach all different ages; from 12U Local teams to 17U National teams for various clubs in the Austin area.
Coach Pina has taught the wonderful world of mathematics for 12 years. Prior to CHS, he taught at Walsh MS and Burnet MS in Austin ISD. He has taught everything from 6th Grade Math to Pre-AP Algebra II. His teaching assignments for the 2020-21 school year are still TBD.
Coach Pina’s philosophy for both on the court and in the classroom is:
“The path to excellence will be full of obstacles and how you deal with those obstacles determines your level of success; with dedication, hard work, grit and a willingness to learn and apply new knowledge, you can be successful in whatever you set your mind to achieve and that very often learning happens in the struggle.”
Coach Pina is married to his wife Pat and they have two beautiful daughters, Vanessa (College Freshman) and Aaris (Pre-K). Coach Pina has a BA in Political Science with minor in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also an alumni of Pflugerville HS. In his free time, Coach enjoys cooking, spending time with family, playing pool and working out. Favorite teams include New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys, and UT.
He is very happy and excited to join Cedar Ridge’s Raider Nation!
Coach Veronica Ruiz is entering first year at Cedar Ridge coaching volleyball and basketball, and teaching World Geography and World History. Coach Ruiz has six years of coaching experience. After graduating from McNeil High School she served four years in the Air Force as a Maintenance Data Analysis. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Geography from Texas State University.
Coach Weseman graduated from Hutto High School and went on to graduate from Georgia Tech where she played softball. While at Hutto she lettered four years in softball. She was district MVP three times. While at Georgia Tech, her team won the Atlantic Coast Conference and ACC Tournament three times and made four NCAA regional tournament appearances. After graduating from college, she played two seasons in National Pro Fastpitch. Coach Weseman is in her 4th year at Cedar Ridge. She teaches Math Inclusion and coaches volleyball and softball.