Volume II, Issue 5           Monday, November 22nd, 2004           Florida State University - Panama Student E-Zine

Pananole Interview:
Eric Holland, FSU-Panama Athletic and Administrative Operations Director

by E. A. Benedetti

     What University did you go to and in what year did you graduate?

     I received my Associates degree from the Panama Canal College; I received my Bachelors of Exercise and Sports Science in Texas State University in 1995; I received my Master of Business Administration degree at NSU in Ft. Lauderdale Florida in 2000.

     How many years have you been working in FSU/Panama?

     I have been working for FSU-PMA since 1999.

     What made you become a football coach, and how long have you been doing it?

     I have been around football and basically all sports for all of my life because of my father. I was lucky enough to have a father that enjoyed sports and who understood the benefits of having sports in your life can be. He taught me that athletics is a foundation where leadership and character is built:

     ďA true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his action and the integrity of his intent.Ē

     To answer your question I have been coaching football since 1995.

     We see people from outside the University using the football field, how is this possible? Do they pay to use it and what is the money used for?

     The university field sometimes gets rented when the FSU-Panama athletic teams are not using it. These types of rental payments go to the Athletic Department budget in which they in turn get used for many of the Athletic Department needs and expenses.

     Why donít you put more TVís in the weight room?

     Around 80 percent of the personnel that use the Fitness Center use the free weights and the weight lifting machines and the overwhelming consensus is to have music instead of a television. I do understand the need for a TV so that is why we do have one TV in front of the Cardiovascular machines.

     What new sports do you have in mind for the university?

     At the present moment we have more teams in the University Athletic Federation (FEDEUPA) than any other university, and considering we have by far the smallest enrollment of any of the universityís in the federation this is a huge accomplishment.

     At the present moment we have: American Football, Menís Soccer, Womenís Soccer, Menís Volleyball, Womenís Volleyball, Menís Softball, Menís Indoor Soccer, Menís Basketball, Table Tennis.

     What advice do you have for the students that are into sports in the University?

     My advice for the student athletes is to continue participating in our sporting activities. By participating the students not only benefit from enjoyable athletic exercise, they will also represent FSU-Panama during the inter-university tournaments.

     What are your future plans for the Athletic Department?

The future plans of the Athletic Department depends on how large the university plans to grow, if the student enrollment grows then the university will have to invest into the Athletic Department in order to improve the facilities to better accommodate the students.

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