Following up on some “dirt” from earlier this week…
The coaching staff for the upcoming 2017-18 Iona College men’s basketball season continues to take shape as head coach Tim Cluess has announced the addition of Eric Eaton as assistant coach.
Eaton comes to New Rochelle following 10 years at MAAC rival Quinnipiac as an assistant coach. In total, he has spent 16 years as a coach on the Division I level that includes five NCAA Tournament berths and an overall nine postseason appearances.
“We are excited to welcome Eric to New Rochelle following his tenure with Quinnipiac,” said head coach Tim Cluess. “He brings a well-known background and reputation to our program and I look forward to having him on the staff for the upcoming season.”
While with the Bobcats, Eaton was part of a Northeast Conference regular season title in 2010 that resulted in a NIT appearance in addition to CIT appearances in 2011 and 2014 as well as a CBI invitation in 2012.
Before joining the Bobcats, Eaton was Associate Head Coach at Albany, where the Great Danes won the 2007 America East Tournament Championship and earned an NCAA berth for the second consecutive season. Eaton joined the University of Albany staff as an assistant for the 2005-06 season, when the Great Danes went 21-11 and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time at the Division I level.
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. While at Holy Cross the Crusaders won the Patriot League championship and reached the NCAA Tournament in three consecutive seasons (2001-03).
Eaton was an assistant coach for one year at Division II Assumption College in Worcester, MA 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 a 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 including a Final Four in 1993. He earned his undergraduate degree in business management.