Eric Speece

Category
2021
About This Inductee

Eric had an outstanding high school football career for Wyoming Area, rushing for over 1,700 yards and scoring 27 touchdowns. As a senior, he gained 1,100 yards and scored 20 touchdowns. He lettered in 1982 and was an Honorable Mention All-Scholastic. Lettering again in 1983, Eric made First Team All-Scholastic, led the WVC in scoring with 124 points and was named both Citizens’ Voice Offensive Player of the Year and VFW Player of the Year. He was the WVC’s 2nd leading rusher and a member of the UNICO West Team. He was inducted into the Wyoming Area Ring of Pride in 2009.
Eric’s passion for sports started in his youth. He played mini-football for the West Pittston Rams from 1974-1980, winning championships in 1976 and 1978. He also played Little League for Halls Nursery/Millers Economy, winning the WPLL Championship in 1979 and was selected to the All-Star Team. Eric continued to compete in multiple sports during high school, playing basketball in 1981-1982 and participating in track and field (100, 200, and 4×100 relay) in 1983-1984.
Eric went on to play college football, beginning at Lock Haven University, lettering in 1984-1985. As a freshman, he was the team’s leading rusher and started 7 games. Eric transferred to Bloomsburg University in 1986 where he lettered in 1987-1988. His total college career stats are 203 carries for 1055 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry, with 6 rushing touchdowns and 2 receiving touchdowns. Eric graduated from Bloomsburg in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Eric returned to school in 2006, attending Marywood University where he obtained his HPE Certificate in 2008 and earned his Master of Arts in Teaching in 2010.
Eric has given back to the West Pittston/Wyoming Area community throughout the years by teaching what he knows: football. Eric was the West Pittston Rams A-Team Head Coach from 1997 to 2006. During his tenure, his teams went to the playoffs 9 out of 10 years, winning the WVWYFCC Championship in 1999 and runner-up in 2000. Eric has also been an active member of the Wyoming Area Coaching Staff since 2000.
Eric is the Assistant Principal at Greater Nanticoke Area High School where he strives to bring out the best in young adults, aiding them to attain the best possible versions of themselves. Eric lives in West Pittston with his wife, Cathie and their son, Ethan.