Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
University of South Florida assistant coach Eric Skeeters joined the USF staff for the 2009-10 campaign, following his five seasons as an assistant coach at Towson.
The 2011-12 season was a memorable one for Skeeters and the Bulls as they advanced to NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years. In the postseason the Bulls defeated California in the First Round, 65-56, for their first win in the NCAA Tournament in program history. USF then beat Temple 58-44 in the Second Round before falling to Ohio 62-56 in the Third Round, just one game shy of reaching the Sweet Sixteen. Skeeters also was vital in helping the Bulls secure a top -15 recruiting class for the 2012-13 season.In his second year with USF, Skeeters and the Bulls battled a pair of 2011 NCAA Final Four teams to overtime, defeating Virginia Commonwealth, 60-59 in Tampa and coming up short, 66-61, to National Champion UConn in Hartford. The Bulls also took Sweet 16 team BYU to double overtime (77-75) and just lost by one point, 59-58, to Sweet 16 Marquette. USF ended the season with the 17th strongest schedule in the country, according to CollegeRPI.com.
The 2010-11 season was highlighted in the First Round of the BIG EAST Basketball Championship, when No. 15-seed USF overcame a 16-point first-half deficit to upset No. 10-seed Villanova, 70-69. The Bulls trailed 49-33 at halftime, making the 16-point comeback the largest halftime deficit overcome in BIG EAST Championship history. It was also USF's first victory over Villanova and USF's second-straight first-round win in the tournament.
With Skeeters' defensive assistance, the Bulls held eight of the league's top 10 scoring opponents below their season average during the regular season. USF also ended the regular season by holding eight of its last 11 opponents under their scoring average. The largest margin was on Feb. 9 when USF held Marquette to just 59 points, which was 20.3 points less than their then-BIG EAST-leading 79.3 points per game.
In his first year in Tampa, Skeeters assisted the Bulls to USF's third 20-win season ever with a 20-13 record, and helped USF to the postseason for the first time since 2002, as the Bulls hosted NC State in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Bulls also earned their first win in the BIG EAST Championship and registered the school's best regular season BIG EAST record with nine wins, more than doubling the previous season's four.
After just one year with the Bulls, Skeeters added yet another player to his long list of professional protégés in Dominique Jones, an AP All-American (HM) and the 2010 BIG EAST Scoring champion, who was selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.
A Baltimore native, Skeeters was the first hire of Towson head coach Pat Kennedy when he arrived prior to the 2004-05 season.
"Skeets" came to Towson from Virginia Tech, where he was an assistant under former USF head coach Seth Greenberg for the 2003-04 season, when the Hokies enjoyed their first winning record (15-14) in four years during their last year in the BIG EAST.
He left the Blacksburg, Va., school just as it finished recruiting for its first ACC season. The Hokies' incoming class that year was rated 23rd by Rivals Hoop. Skeets' top recruit, Deron Washington, was named to the ACC All-Rookie Team the season after Skeets left in 2004-05 and went on to be the Detroit Piston's second round pick of the 2008 NBA Draft.
Skeets arrived at Virginia Tech after spending four years at Youngstown State, where he made immediate contributions to the Penguins' recruiting. Skeets' efforts were instrumental in the signing of Meade High School's Doug Underwood, who was named to the Horizon League All-Rookie Team and then later garnered first-team All-Horizon League accolades.
From 1996-99, Skeets served three seasons as an assistant coach to Ron "Fang" Mitchell at Coppin State. With the Eagles, Skeets assisted in all areas of the team's operations and served as Coppin State's chief recruiter.
While at Coppin State, Skeets' coaching leadership helped the Eagles to a three-year record of 58-30 and three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season championships. In 1997, Coppin State earned a bid to the NCAA tournament, where the No. 15-seed Eagles scored a huge upset, beating second-seeded South Carolina, 78-65.
A 1986 graduate of Woodlawn High School in Baltimore, Skeets got his start as the junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at Baltimore's St. Frances Academy from 1992-96 under coach William Wells. While there, he mentored Mark Karcher, a former standout at Temple who was a 1997 USA TODAY first-team All-American, a McDonald's All-American and a two-time Baltimore Sun Player of the Year.
In Skeets' final season at St. Frances, the team posted a 30-4 record and finished the season ranked 14th nationally in the USA TODAY final poll. Skeets' influence at St. Frances reached beyond the court, as the ball boy for the Panthers that year was Carmelo Anthony, the 2003 Big East Rookie of the Year and the third pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. To this day, Anthony and Skeets have maintained a close relationship with one another.
In 1994 Skeets directed another of his squad's, Baltimore's Best, to a 56-team tournament championship at the Midwest Future Showdown & Shootout in Columbus, Ohio, defeating defending champion New York Riverside, 65-59, for the title. Members of Baltimore's Best included Shawnta Rogers of Lake Clifton, Alphonso Jones of Douglass, Guy Butler of Woodlawn, Tommy Polley of Dunbar (a former linebacker with the St. Louis Rams and Baltimore Ravens), Colin Jones of Patterson and Marvis Thornton of Dunbar plus the St. Frances Academy contingent of Karcher, Keon Chavez, Greg Billups and Tavares Graham.
Skeets was awarded a bachelor's in management science from Coppin State in 1997. He earned an associate's degree in 1991 from Catonsville Community College, where he played lacrosse and basketball for two seasons, leading his region in assists in 1990.
A standout point guard in basketball and a midfielder in lacrosse at Woodlawn High, Skeets earned all-county honors in lacrosse during his playing days. He competed in both basketball and lacrosse throughout his athletic career that began as a youngster at St. Mark's School in the Catonsville Midget League. A knee injury suffered at Catonsville C.C. eventually ended his collegiate career.
Eric and his wife, Marie, a University of Maryland graduate, have two sons, Evan and Miles.