Coach Folkerts grew up in Iowa with 4 brothers and one sister. Athletics were very important part of his HS career and into college. He began coaching at Northern University High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa while he was still attending the University of Northern Iowa, gaining his Bachelor's Degree in Education. Eventually, Coach Folkerts moved to Janesville HS coaching Football, Basketball, Track and Baseball.
In 1998, he had the opportunity to move to Texas and become a teacher and coach at Beck JH in Katy before moving to Cinco Ranch HS. While at Cinco Ranch, Eric was fortunate enough to teach Geography and World History and helped Coach Jones build the Baseball program into a district power, eventually winning a district title in 2006.
Coach and his Kelly and have been married since 1994 and have two kids, Jacob and Taylor, that graduated from Cinco Ranch HS in 2016.