Liberty adds Eric Beltran to female staff
Liberty Women’s Soccer Head Coach Lang Wedemeyer has announced the hiring of Assistant Coach Eric Beltran.
Coming from the University of the Incarnate Word, trainer Beltran will work mainly with goalkeepers.
“We are very happy to welcome Eric to our women’s soccer program,” said Wedemeyer. “He is an incredible young coach with a lot to offer our players on and off the pitch and will be a great addition to our staff.”
Beltran has spent the last three seasons at UIW where his main duties have been to recruit the coordinator and work with the goalkeepers. In its three seasons with the UIW, the Cardinals’ goals against average (GAA) has improved every year, as the UIW placed third in the Southland Conference last season, posting an average from 0.95.
“I am so proud to be a part of the Liberty family and I am very grateful to Lang Wedemeyer and Erin Hagen for this opportunity,” Beltran said. “I also want to thank my family, friends and the LU community for their incredible support during this transition for me. The moment I set foot on the Liberty campus, I could tell it was a special place. I am humble and eager to serve these young women in my role as assistant coach and am delighted to see what the Lord has in store for the future of this program.
Prior to the University of the Incarnate Word, Beltran was at Erskine College, an NCAA Division II institution in Due West, South Carolina, where he served as an assistant coach and worked with goaltenders and the team. reserve during the 2017-18 season. During their year at Erskine, the Flying Fleet qualified for the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 season while setting program records for goals against and average against goals. Under Beltran’s leadership, the team also recorded the second-highest save percentage in program history.
Prior to his time at Erskine, Beltran was the FC Dallas West Texas goaltender coach from 2015 to 2017.
Beltran has performed for Dallas Baptist University (2012), Jefferson College (2013), and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (2014-2016). At Jefferson College, he recorded a 1.3 goals-against average en route to the conference and regional championships. The team was ranked up to fourth place in the country.
He was captain for two years with the UTPB, finishing sixth nationally in NCAA Division II saves and saves per game in 2014. He also played semi-pro for the Alamo Soccer Club, where he was the leader in goals against (0.66). at the National Tournament in 2013. As a senior at Fredericksburg High School, he was one of the Top 100 National Rookies of the Class of 2012 by TopDrawer Soccer, as well as an All-State Academic winner and a four-way selection. times in all districts.
Beltran graduated from UTPB with Magna Cum Laude with a major in Communication and a minor in Business. He graduated from UTPB with a Master of Science in Kinesiology with a special focus on Sports Administration and Coaching in the summer of 2018. He holds United Soccer Coaches goalie qualifications, USSF licenses and two diplomas.