Eric Duda

Volleyball

Position: Outside hitter
Height: 6-5
Weight: 225
Hometown/ Current residence: Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Edmond, Okla.
Birth year: 1981
College/Major/Grad Year: University of Florida/Sports Management/ 2004
Nature of disability: No fingers on his left hand
Joined the team: 2004

SOCIAL MEDIA
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MOST NOTABLE

  • Started all six matches at the 2016 ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup
  • Named 2014 "Male Sitting Player of the Year"
  • Competed at the 2004 Paralympic Games

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
2016 – ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup (6th Place)
2015 - Parapan American Games (Silver)
2014 - World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball World Championships (10th)
2013 - Parapan American Zonal Championships (Silver)
2012 - Intercontinental Cup
2011 - Parapan American Games (Silver); Continental Cup 
2010 -  World Championships (10th place); Parapan American Championship (Silver)
2009 - Parapan American Championship (Gold)
2007 - Parapan American Games (Silver)
2006 - Sitting World Championship (9th place)
2004 - Paralympic Games in Athens (6th place)
2003 - Parapan American Games (Gold)

DID YOU KNOW
  • He is the team captain
  • He has played eight years of classical piano, seven years of percussion and competed in archery for two years-all without fingers on his left hand
  • He was born with amniotic band syndrome, but likes to tell people that he lost his fingers while protecting his dog from an alligator
  • Eric served as a volunteer assistant coach for the volleyball team at the University of Florida while earning a bachelor's degree in sports management.
  • Has served as a volunteer assistant coach for the women's volleyball team at Central Oklahoma. He also coaches for Oklahoma Peak Performance and coached women's volleyball at Redlands Community College in Oklahoma.
  • He was the men’s volleyball team captain for the 2003 and 2004 seasons at the University of Florida
  • His hobbies include disc golf, working with Habitat for Humanity and trivia competitions

RELATED LINKS
One year out: U.S. athletes look ahead to Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Duda Earns USAV Male Sitting Player of Year
PBS: Medal Quest | Rivals | "It's a Finesse Game" 
NewsOK: U.S. Sitting Volleyball team's Eric Duda hoping to represent country in Olympics again

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