After graduating from Esquimalt High School in 2009, Ryan Erikson took the deep dive into PACWEST college basketball, joining the Camosun Chargers in the fall of 2009. The 6'6 forward was a focal point of the Chargers offense for two years before transferring to UVIC in 2011. Chargers Announcer Ian Lahay caught up with Ryan to chat about his memories with the team, and how the experience with the Chargers has helped shape him on and off the hardwood.
- Years with Chargers
- Men's Basketball
- Current City
- Victoria, BC
- Current Occupation
- Student athlete
- Profile Date
- May 13, 2014
What do you remember from your time with the Chargers?
My biggest memories revolve around hanging with my teammates. It was not so much the games but the road trips, in the hotels having a laugh, and getting together on the weekends. I also remember the team work-outs we had with then trainer Matt Fisher. He would give us motivational speeches to pump us up, and by doing so, our competitive nature made us all want to push harder.
What have you done since you left Camosun?
I studied Business at UVic, just completing my 5th and final year of eligibility this past season. We finished 4th at Nationals this year, and overall it was a tremendous learning experience.
Building on that experience, how has basketball impacted your life?
It has shown me how to be a better teammate, how to persevere through tough obstacles, and how to never give up on what you want. Basketball has enriched me with strong friendships, and allowed me to become a better communicator off the court.
Give me your best Charger memoryIn my last season (2011), our team swept I believe it was Langara College to make the playoffs. We had such hard fought battles and finally persevered in overtime. It was such an amazing feeling.
Who had the greatest impact on your basketball career?
My two coaches at Esquimalt High School, Bryn Barker and Trevor MacKenzie. They told me I could make the leap to College basketball if I worked hard enough. They pushed me relentlessly, and I can't thank them enough for what they did.
Graham Matthews, Coordinator Athletics & Recreation