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 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 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!