Backman was a two-year letterwinner on the men's soccer team and graduated from Lynn University in 1989. The Tampa, Fla. native captained the Fighting Knights to the 1987 NAIA National Championship, scoring nine goals and four assists for a career-high 22 points to earn NAIA All-America honors. In his two years at LU Backman scored 14 goals, assisted on nine goals and tallied 37 points. After his collegiate career he played professional soccer for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the APSL before moving onto the Tampa Bay Mutiny of Major League Soccer. He announced his retirement from soccer in 1998 and is currently coaching youth soccer.