Ballistic United Soccer Club & Erik Jon Lemoine Scholarship Award
Erik Jon Lemoine, an outstanding former player, who passed away after a long battle with cancer. The Lemoine family has been a long time member and passionate supporter of Ballistic United and the game of soccer that is played here in Pleasanton. In 2010 Ballistic United & the Lemoine family started the Erik Jon Lemoine Scholarship.
Each year, Ballistic United and the Lemoine family provide scholarships to a deserving individual. Recipients must reside in Pleasanton, attend and play soccer at either local high school, be a senior, and have played their youth soccer career at BUSC!
Erik Jon Lemoine moved to Pleasanton (Soccer City USA) in 1976 at the age of 3. Soccer soon became Erik’s love, and passion. Erik played competitively from U5-U19. If you played competitive youth soccer in the 1980’s, you knew Erik “Radar” Lemoine and his tremendously accurate left foot. He was a 1991 graduate of Foothill HS and a four-year varsity soccer player, highlighted by playing alongside his brother, Sean. During his youth soccer years, he played on state, regional and national teams.
After high school, he spent time in Holland playing soccer before returning to California where he attended Santa Barbara City College, earned his associates degree and once again played soccer alongside his brother Sean. Erik then attended the University of San Francisco on a full athletic scholarship and found success both on and off the field. He was the team captain during his senior year. It was at USF when he was diagnosed with learning disabilities and decided to pursue a degree in special education. After graduation, he was a first round draft choice for a professional soccer team in Florida, but made the choice to end his soccer career to continue his education by attaining a Masters degree in special education in order to help other students with learning disabilities and proving to his former teachers there is always hope and to never give up. He continued to keep soccer in his life through coaching youth teams and teaching them the love of the game he adored. Erik passed away on November 2, 2009 from metastatic melanoma after a 2-year courageous battle.
Erik only lived 36 years on this earth, but touched the lives of many people from coast to coast and around the world. Erik is survived by his loving wife Cathleen and his adorable 3-year-old son Evan. Chuck, Norma and the Lemoine family would like to honor and remember Erik’s life and contribution to BUSC, Pleasanton and Education through this scholarship fund!
I could also count on my coaches as both Ed Lecco and Jerry Losson were exceptional men and mentors, both concerned first with how I developed as a person and second how well I was progressing on the field. Particularly in my last 4 years with BUSC, Jerry Losson was instrumental in shaping the man I am today.
Looking forward to college, I will cherish the lessons of honesty, integrity, hard work, and—most importantly—perseverance that I have learned while playing for Ballistic. In a difficult major like physics, I will definitely need everything I have learned these past 5 years to achieve what I want to achieve, and with the generous financial help from this scholarship my goals seem closer and more attainable.
2016 Scholarship Recipient
Alec Baldus (Amador Valley High School)
The influence that sports have had throughout my life is priceless. From playing at Ballistic all the way to being on the varsity soccer team at Amador, I’ve had bountiful experiences that all cumulated to shape who I am today. Without such important life lessons instilled in me as a kid, I probably would have never come to realize the importance of commitment, dedication, team-work, and all the other qualities that soccer entails, as I know them today. Furthermore, as I look on to the next chapter of my life I plan to study engineering, a path that I know I will be able to apply the character building skills I learned from soccer, into fueling my success for years to come. Thanks to this scholarship my journey is now more affordable and will open many doors along the way.
2015 Scholarship Recipients
Dylan French (Amador Valley High School)
I have been playing soccer with the Ballistic United Soccer Club for the past twelve years. The teammates, coaching staff, and commitment to excellence were all things that kept me coming back year after year. Now that I am furthering my education at the University of California Santa Barbara, my time as a Ballistic athlete is coming to an end. However, the life skills and experiences I have gained throughout my time as a BUSC player will remain with me. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey with this one of a kind soccer club.
Erick Calva (Amador Valley High School)
Soccer has been a fun journey throughout my life, from BUSC to Amador Valley soccer. Through soccer I’ve learned that anyone can make the best of anything through effort and dedication. Soccer has provided me with a set of characteristics I can apply both on and off the field such as being a team player, giving full effort and to never give up. I plan on applying these characteristics in my journey through college in hope that I achieve my goals of becoming a Computer Scientist/Engineer. Thanks to this scholarship I will be able to go further in my education and achieve my educational goals.
2014 Scholarship Recipients
Jack Simmons (Foothill High School)
Ballistic soccer has been a tremendous, positive influence in my life since my early youth and has molded me into who I am today. It has taught me the value of commitment and hard work all while providing me with lasting friendships. From the mentorship of coaches to the lifelong memories, I am honored to have had these experiences in this soccer club.
Next year I will be joining the class of 2018 at Duke University and plan to study engineering. This scholarship will help me further my education.
Nick Goldstein (Foothill High School)
Nick Goldstein is a three sport athlete from the Bay Area of Northern California who lettered in in Football, Baseball, and Soccer at Foothill HS. The two-time all-league attacker had 10 goals and 15 assists leading his team and being awarded the MVP. He plays club soccer for historic Ballistic United Soccer Club and Coach Andy Cumbo. The future pilot will study Aeronautical Science while at Embry-Riddle.
2013 Scholarship Recipients
Kyle Wiest (Foothill High School)
Kyle has been a Ballistic United player since age 5 and has played at all levels of the club. As a Foothill High School player, Kyle captained the freshman and junior varsity teams and played two years on the varsity squad as a goalkeeper. His involvement in the game of soccer has reached beyond just playing. Kyle has been the head coach of a recreational soccer team and volunteers with E-Soccer, a program that allows mentally and physically disabled children to play soccer. As a referee, Kyle has been recognized on the national level having been named the US Youth Soccer Region IV Male Young Referee of the Year for 2012. Kyle has also officiated at the US Youth Soccer Region IV Regional Championships and US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup National Championships. Kyle will be attending the University of Southern California in the fall.
Matt Martin (Amador High School)
Ever since Matt moved to Pleasanton in 2000, he’s been involved with the Ballistic United Soccer Club. He moved along on the different teams and tried out for the competitive soccer program when he was approaching third grade. From then on, Matt has been involved in the competitive soccer program. Soccer was there as Matt grew up throughout the years and it always kept his life in balance. Throughout the years Matt has been honored to be named the team’s captain and it has developed his strong leadership style. Additionally, Matt played four years on the Amador Valley High School’s soccer team. Soccer has allowed Matt to develop life-long friendships and a commitment to fitness for the future. Matt will be attending University of Oregon in the fall where he plans to continue to stay in shape and of course keep soccer on his schedule.
2012 Scholarship Recipient
Dane Shaffar (Amador)
Dane Shaffar has played soccer for the Ballistic United Soccer Club for his entire life. He started playing soccer at age five and played Division 1 soccer from U8-U19. He has had many inspiring coaches that have influenced him on and off the field and have made him the player he is today. He was fortunate to have Andy Cumbo, Coach of CSUEB, as his coach for the last two years. Some of his greatest memories are from Ballistic Soccer events shared by family, teammates, and coaches.
Dane played soccer for Amador Valley High School for four years. He was captain of the freshman team and played his last three years on the Varsity team. He was captain his senior year. He was selected for EBAL 2nd Team All League his junior year and the EBAL 1st Team All League his senior year. He was named MVP back to back his junior and senior years. He was supported by coaches Ken Villegas and Rob Flores. Amador will always have a place in his heart no matter where life takes him. In addition to BUSC and high school soccer, Dane played for the Olympic Development Program ODP on the Cal North State Team in 2010.
This fall, Dane will be attending Sonoma State University and will be playing soccer for Sonoma State. He is very excited to join the SSU Seawolves and play for Coach Marcus Ziemer. He is majoring in business and wants to work in Sports Management. He is honored to receive this scholarship from his club team and from another Pleasanton soccer family – The Lemoine Family.
2011 Scholarship Recipient
Daniel Pittenger (Foothill)
Daniel has played soccer since he was 6 years old. He captained Foothill’s Varsity soccer team, and will be attending the University of Colorado Boulder this fall. He plans to major in Business.
Steven Gilbert (Amador)
Steven has also played soccer since he was 6 years old, and he captained Amador’s Varsity soccer team. Steven has been accepted to numerous universities, but has yet to commit.