Men's Basketball Assistant Coach Eric Eaton To Attend 2012 Villa 7 Consortium

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RICHMOND, Va. – Quinnipiac University Men's Basketball Assistant Coach Eric Eaton has been selected to attend the 2012 Villa 7 Consortium, presented by Virginia Commonwealth University and Nike on May 9-10, 2012. Held at the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Ore., and on VCU's campus in Richmond, Virginia, Villa 7 is a partnership between Virginia Commonwealth University's Center for Sport Leadership, VCU Athletics and Nike to bring together university athletic directors and the country's elite assistant basketball coaches in an effort to prepare the next generation of college basketball leaders.

"It is a great honor for our basketball program to have Eric Eaton represent Quinnipiac University at this year's Villa 7 event," said Head Coach Tom Moore. "The people at VCU and NIKE have done an incredible job creating and developing Villa 7, the premiere professional development seminar in college basketball coaching. I'm sure Eric will find the event to be very beneficial to his personal and professional growth. Eric's invitation to such an exclusive event speaks to his rising profile in coaching circles and the growing reputation of Quinnipiac Basketball."

The Villa 7 began back in 2004 as a forum where athletic directors could share ideas and meet with the country's elite assistant basketball coaches. Approximately 20 athletic directors and 30 carefully selected assistant coaches attended the first meeting in Las Vegas. Each group recognized the benefit of the forum, and expressed interest in developing a multi-day symposium.

The success of the first symposium, held in Charlotte, N.C., led the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU and Nike to form a partnership based on this identical rationale: that we can positively affect the future of college basketball and help prepare the next generation of college basketball leaders.

Coach Eaton, who recently completed his fifth season with Quinnipiac, is one of five assistant coaches from smaller schools to receive the invite.

The Bobcats are certainly looking forward to the 2012-13 season. The team will travel to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands next season to compete in the 2012 Paradise Jam. It will be the first in-season, invitational tournament in Bobcats history.

For addition information regarding the tournament, travel arrangements or tickets, please visit, www.paradisejam.com.

2011 Villa 7 Consortium Attendees:

Neill Berry, South Carolina
Jeff Boals, Ohio State
Bob Cantu, USC
Chris Caputo, George Mason
Raphael Chillious, Washington
T.J. Cleveland, Missouri
Aki Collins, Marquette
Travis DeCuire, Cal
Joe Dooley, Kansas
Andy Enfield, Florida State
Chris Ferguson, Oklahoma State
Jorge Fernandez, Miami
Brian Fish, Oregon
Jim Fox, Davidson
Kyle Getter, VCU
Gregg Gottlieb, Cal
Matt Graves, Butler
Donny Guerinoni, LSU
Jerod Haase, North Carolina
Steve Henson, UNLV
Mike Hopkins, Syracuse
Jerrence Howard, Illinois
Kenya Hunter, Georgetown
Kwanza Johnson, Georgia
Mike Jones, VCU
Stan Jones, Florida State
Pat Kelsey, Xavier
Paul Lusk, Purdue
John Mahoney
Erik Martin, West Virginia
Jim McCarthy, Northeastern
CB McGrath, North Carolina
Archie Miller, Arizona
Dan Muller, Vanderbilt
Scott Pera, Arizona State
Josh Posterino, DePaul
Mike Rhoades, VCU
Dave Rice, BYU
King Rice, Vanderbilt
Kareem Richardson, Drake
Ron Sanchez, Virginia
Jim Shaw, Washington
Pat Skerry, Pittsburgh
Joel Sobotka, Portland
Russ Springmann, Texas
Dwayne Stephens, Michigan State
Dedrique Taylor, Arizona State
Vince Taylor, Minnesota
Rodney Terry, Texas
Will Wade, VCU
Torrey Ward, Mississippi
Michael White, Mississippi

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu