Eric, a Houston Texas native was a natural born athlete and coach. As a player at Belmont University and Nashville Metros (PDL) he was extremely fit, possessed a natural first touch and was a leader among his peers. He was a 3 year captain, 4 year starter, 2 time All-Conference team member, All-Academic winner and 4 times All-Tournament team performer at Belmont University. Susewind spent 4 years in the PDL (2004-2007) playing for both the Nashville Metros and Indiana Invaders.
As a coach, Eric served 5 seasons as the men’s assistant at Belmont University, primarily training goal keepers and player recruitment. ‘Sues’ assisted in the planning and execution of daily training sessions for the Bruins under head coach Earle Davidson.
“Sues was a tremendous player and captain for us, he was also a coach, colleague and friend. He brought a wealth of division I playing and coaching knowledge to our staff. He was part of our Belmont family and grew a part of my own family. We as a program and family will sorely Miss Him.” Earle Davidson, Belmont University head coach, said.
Eric moved on from Belmont in the fall of 2012 to be the women’s assistant coach at Cumberland under Head Coach Gavin McKinney. There he served as the Head coach and recruiter for the Junior-Varsity program and Goal Keeper coach for the 1st team. Under Eric’s guidance the starting goal keeper for the Bulldogs ranked 5th in the Nation in goals-against-average (.52) with 18 wins and 78 saves.
“He was a good guy, always happy and his personality was infectious“, Coach McKinney said.
Eric was a coach that players wanted to be around and possessed knowledge of the game few coaches his age or older seemed to grasp so easily. For those who knew Eric well, understood for him that winning wasn’t the end goal for his players rather a by-product of training hard, playing selflessly and with a passion for excellence.
Eric was a teacher and developer of players. He would come to practice full of energy and an enthusiasm that rubbed off on his players and coaching staff. His quick wit, wry smile, and never afraid to laugh at himself personality won over parents and made players want to play for him. Kids came to practice eager to see what Coach Sues had in store for them. Never a dull practice, Sues was a driver of excellence on the field and wanted players to be soccer players first and have a passion for the game.
“Eric was a highly regarded coach at TSC and was extremely popular with everyone that he came in contact with. He got the most out of his players with his enthusiasm and knowledge and love of the game. His ability to get the most out of young players was highly regarded by his peers. He pushed himself to learn and grow as a coach and had a great future ahead of himself. I regarded Eric as a friend and colleague who would go the extra mile to help out anywhere when needed. He was a mentor and role model to younger up and coming coaches in our club and they will all benefit from what they learned under his guidance. He will be sorely missed at TSC.” Sandy Pollock, DOC – TSC, said.
Eric left his mark on many families and players in the Nashville soccer community and will be missed. He was a great player and coach, and a better person and friend to many.