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Now in his eighth season at Quinnipiac, Eric Eaton has established himself as a premier assistant coach at the Division I level. Coach Eaton is directly involved in all aspects of the program including practice planning, on court coaching and opponent scouting. He coordinates the individual instruction of the post players where he has been instrumental in developing Justin Rutty (’10 POY, ’11 1st Team All-League), Ike Azotam (’12 &’13 2nd Team All-League) and Ousmane Drame (’12 All-Rookie Team).His primary recruiting areas are New York, New Jersey and the New England prep schools.
During Coach Eaton’s tenure he has played a major role in the best six year stretch in school history. The program has 108 wins, has won a Regular Season NEC title (2010), and participated in 3 post season tournaments. (NIT ’10, CIT ’11, CBI ’12) Quinnipiac also had the largest 3 year APR turnaround in the country from 2008-10 (219pts) and the team posted the highest GPA in the league from 2010-2012.
Coach Eaton has recently been recognized as one of the top young coaches in the region and nationally. In 2012 he was selected to attend the Villa 7 Consortium. At this prestigious event, Virginia Commonwealth University's Center for Sport Leadership, VCU Athletics and Nike 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. Eaton was also named the #3 assistant in the Northeast Conference by FoxSports.com after the 2009-10; while he earned an honorable mention on the CollegeInsider.com Top 25 Mid-Major Assistants list following the 2008-09 season.
In six years prior to joining the Bobcats, Eaton reached the NCAA Division I tournament five times. In 2007, Coach Eaton was Associate Head Coach at Albany where the Great Danes won an America East Tournament Championship and earned an NCAA berth for the 2nd consecutive season. Eaton joined the University of Albany staff as an assistant for the 2005-06 season. The Great Danes went 21-11 that season and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time at the Division I level.
While at Albany, Eaton was responsible for a wide range of duties including recruiting, on-court coaching, scouting, coordinating individual workouts and managing the team's academic progress. During his time with the Great Danes, Eaton played a key role in developing a two-time America East Player of the Year, three all-league performers and a Defensive Player of the Year. The team also posted the highest team grade-point average in the America East Conference for those two seasons.
Prior to joining the Albany staff, Eaton coached at the College of the Holy Cross from 2000-04 as a member of Ralph Willard's staff. He assisted in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, on court coaching, player development and scouting.
While at Holy Cross the Crusaders won the Patriot League championship and reached the NCAA Tournament in three consecutive seasons (2001-03). During that period, Eaton recruited the Patriot League's Rookie of the Year and a two-time first-team all-league player. He also assisted in the development of 15 players who earned all-league or all-rookie recognition, including three Player of the Year award winners.
Eaton was an assistant coach for one year at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. prior to joining the Holy Cross staff. He also worked at Anna Maria College from 1997-99 and was a volunteer assistant at UMass-Dartmouth when that program won 20 games and made an NCAA Division III Tournament appearance.
A member of the UMass-Dartmouth Athletic Hall of Fame, Eaton played on three Little East Conference championship teams that reached the NCAA tournament in the mid-1990s. He earned his undergraduate degree in business management in 1997.
Eric and his wife, Alexis, are the parents of twin boys: Evan and Owen.