We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Wooldridge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I am trying to instill discipline and accountability in our staff and athletes. I feel that we have moved away from those two aspects as a society and I’m using volleyball as a platform to re-establish that, not only in my own life, but others as well. Habits are hard to break so I want to make sure discipline and accountability are front and center as we develop together.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am most proud of being able to go to work everyday with a purpose and doing something I love. I believe that allows me to bring more passion day in and day out, especially when we find ourselves in craziness like this current pandemic. It’s not an easy task and I have been extremely blessed along the way. You can see God’s fingerprints on all aspects of doors opening and shutting. During the process, I have learned that I must be more patient. I would like to continue to strive to live above-reproach and gain trust with those around me to do the same. Choosing to do the right thing while staying focused on the long-term is hard to do and very convicting at times. If this sport allows our brand to be known for that, I believe there is a good legacy left behind in youth sports.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am a Native Houstonian so there are way too many things to list out. However, living in The Space City you have to go visit NASA Space Center. When one is afforded the luxury to watch professional sports you have to go check out the Astros, Rockets, Texans, Dynamo/Dash, and SaberCats. Since my field is in volleyball I can’t forget the college sport teams as well (U of H, Rice, HBU, TSU, and UST). Even though the Rodeo has been canceled for the first time in my life, that is a Houston must-see event. Lastly, one of my favorite things about living in Houston is the diverse food options. Whether it’s a food truck or a restaurant there are a ton of choices. Tex Mex being a solid choice I would take them to Ninfas. Other places I would take them are Fadis on Beechnut, Agas, and try to catch chef Roy on a Friday or Saturday for the best smoked barbecue with a Jamaican twist.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife deserves a ton of credit, she encourages me to be a better man and helps breathe life into my decisions, so I can be a leader with bridled confidence. Having her as a teammate during the ups and downs of life definitely needs to be recognized and needs a huge shoutout.
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