Eric’s professional experience began with the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA as a player assistant where he was responsible for on court and locker room duties. While employed with the San Antonio Spurs, he supported players such as Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and many more. During his 7 years of commitment to the organization (2004-2012), Eric was a part of two NBA championships; first in 2004-2005 over the Detroit Pistons in game 7, and then in 2006-2007 with a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Following graduation from St. Mary’s University as well as his tenure with the San Antonio Spurs, Eric took initiative to develop his coaching education and abilities, where he has spent 9 years working for various of the top professional teams in Mexico from both professional FIBA affiliated leagues, Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional LNBP, and Circuito de Baloncesto del Pacífico CIBACOPA. Tenures in player development, scouting, video breakdown and coaching include Halcones UV Xalapa (2011-2013) followed by a return to the San Antonio Spurs for one more half season; Pioneros de Los Mochis (2014) with his first experience stepping in as a interim Head Coach for a few games at the young age of 24; Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (2014-2016) with a stint as interim strength and conditioning coach added to his already heavy scouting workload; Nauticos de Mazatlán (2015-2018); Garzas de Plata UAEH (2016-2017) which during this time, Coach Weissling graduated from Xavier University with a Coaching Education and Athlete Development Masters Degree. His following teams after graduation included, Laguneros de La Comarca (2018-2019), Panteras de Aguascalientes (2019), and Venados de Mazatlán (2019-2020).
Coach Weissling was also in control of a vital role with the FIBA Gold Medalist 2013 Mexico National Team as an assistant coach, as well as head video coordinator and in charge of scouting for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. Mexico went on to win the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship, the first time to ever win Gold. This was historical being that the last time Mexico had qualified for a World Championship (now World Cup of Basketball) was in 1973. The team also received the “Premio Nacional de Deporte,” which is the highest Mexican National Award for Sporting Excellence presented by the president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto. This same team also won Gold in the COCABA Central American Championships that summer. In 2014, Eric returned to the National Team with scouting responsibilities in the Central American and Caribbean Games, representing Mexico, and working alongside as an assistant coach to the great NBA Champion of the Chicago Bulls, Bill Cartwright.
Coach Eric finished his tenure in 2019 as Head Coach for now, Venados de Mazatlán, a young promising organization already crowned Mexico CIBACOPA Champions in 2016 under the team name Nauticos de Mazatlan. After being considered the youngest Head Coach in Mexico professional league history at the age of 27, Eric accomplished being the youngest Head Coach to ever win a championship in his first year as a Head Coach. He was also named to the All-Star Game as Head Coach of team South, who defeated team North. Eric was awarded CIBACOPA Coach of the Year in 2016, and Latinbasket.com Coach of the Year as well that same year. In the summer of 2016, Eric furthered his win streak by being crowned Champion in the 2016 Jump 10 World Hoops Challenge in Shanghai, China representing Mexico Nauticos National Team. In Coach Weissling's final season, he led for his 5th season and a league record longest tenured coach for one organization at that time, a Venados de Mazatlan team with high hopes for continued success.
Coach Weissling led Laguneros de La Comarca as Head Coach for the inaugural season of this young LNBP professional team in 2018. Coach Weissling was considered the youngest Head Coach to lead in the LNBP National League, breaking barriers and records few have done before, while commanding a team in the top professional league in Mexico at the age of 30. Coach Weissling also was invited to compete in the NBA G-League preseason against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, with a friendly international game vs. Laguneros. Starting 2019, coach Weissling made the decision to move on from Laguneros and to move over and lead a more recognized organization in Panteras de Aguascalientes to close out the end of the 2018-2019 LNBP Season.
For the 2019-2020 season, Coach Weissling was working hard in his return to the United States to make an imprint with high hopes in assisting and bringing his experience and leadership to the NBA and NBA G-League. Before focusing on his ventures in the United States, Coach Weissling led a talented Mexico Venados National Team in the 2019 Jump 10 World Hoops Challenge. The team would go on that summer to defeat title contenders in Great Britain, China and both United States teams. In the championship game, Mexico would end up coming up short vs. a talented and athletic Canada Team, losing in a tight overtime game and finishing up as runner-up champions for 2019.
In the fall of 2019, Coach Weissling competed in the NBA G-League preseason with a collective all-star team from Mexico made up of players from the CIBACOPA professional league. The game was played against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, current 2019 NBA G-League Champions.
To start of the year 2020, Coach Weissling would receive the great honor of being named to the Mexico Men’s National Team staff and to take responsibility as one of the top coaches for the FIBA AmeriCup qualifying games. Due to the rise and spread of the COVID19 pandemic, the Olympic Qualifying games were suspended until 2021. Furthermore, AmeriCup clashes with the USA and Puerto Rico were also suspended until further notice. As Coach Weissling faces the important responsibility of assisting the top Mexican players in the top international level, Eric would also be named as the new Head Coach for the Hanoi Buffaloes in the VBA Vietnam National League. For the 2020 VBA season Coach Weissling would be one of the first professional FIBA coaches with Mexican heritage and experience to coach overseas, breaking barriers as the first professional Mexican-American coach under contract in Asia. The Hanoi Buffaloes finished Semi-Finalist for the 2020 season. For the 2021 season, Hanoi Buffaloes finished in the top 3 of almost every statistical category for the VBA bubble season. This included defeating the Vietnamese National Team by 44 points in a regular season game.The team was one win away from a second Semi-Finals qualification before the season was cancelled.
Following the pandemic, with leagues and tournaments starting to open back up again, Coach Weissling was appointed at the new Head Coach of the Vietnamese women's 3x3 National Team, as well as Assistant Coach to the women's 5x5 National Team for the upcoming 2022 Sea Games. With the inclusion of the talented Truong sisters from Gonzaga University, Kaylynne and Keyleigh, Coach Weissling and the girls were able to win the ABL International Champions Cup in Bali, Indonesia, winning Gold and the first ever international medal in the history of women's basketball for Vietnam. This was Coach Weissling's first time ever coach women's professional basketball, and followed up the Gold Medal in ABL by winning the Silver Medal in the 2022 Sea Games. The women's team defeated Philippines for the first time in their history for the National Team in Semi Finals, then later losing on a buzzer beater to Thailand, finishing with the Silver Medal. This was the first medal to ever be won by the women's Vietnam National Team in its history in Sea Games. In mid tournament for the women's 5x5, after a change in leadership direction, Coach Eric was appointed interim Head Coach, defeating Malaysia for the first time in history before taking defeat to Thailand in a very close, down to the wire Bronze Medal Game.
For the 2022 VBA season, Coach Weissling after a successful stint with the Vietnam National Team, was able to lead Hanoi Buffaloes to its best finish in the teams history, finishing the regular season as the 2 seed for playoffs. Buffaloes were able to defeat the rugged Nha Trang Dolphins 2-0 before falling in the hands to Saigon Heat in the 2022 VBA Finals. This finish was the best finish and first finals in 5 years for Hanoi. In 3 season with Hanoi Buffaloes, Coach Weissling has been able to take a team that wasn't in playoffs, into a title contender, with unfinished business.
My ambitious personality, complemented by my stance on the benefits of positive and influential coaching and a healthy team culture, demonstrates my eagerness to leave an imprint on every person that I get the opportunity to work with. My dedication and selfless approach to making others better as players, and as people, is a true reflection of my own persistent and determined pursuit to be the best coach I can possibly be. With faith and hope, everything is possible, and therefore to be blessed to coach in the best leagues in the world, will only be a small imprint of the success I hope to have, compared to the lives I hope to positively impact during my coaching journey around the world.