June 8, 2011
Chestnut Hill, MA -
Boston College Head Women's Basketball Coach Sylvia Crawley has announced the hiring of Timothy Eatman as an assistant coach this afternoon. Eatman will replace assistant coach Angelita Forte.
Eatman most recently served as the associate head coach at the University of Arkansas. He was promoted to the associate job in 2007. Prior to Arkansas, Eatman was an assistant coach at the University of Louisville for three seasons. He has served as the defensive coach and recruiting coordinator at both Arkansas and Louisville.
His position at Boston College will be that of defensive coordinator and he will work with assistant coach Geoff Lanier with recruiting.
A native of Eutaw, Alabama, Eatman guided Arkansas to league opponents scoring only 978 points.
"As a team we must dictate on the defensive end of the floor. In order to accomplish this; we must be mentally tough, willing to sacrifice ourselves for each possession, and we must contest shots and rebound,'' said Eatman.
While at Arkansas, Eatman helped the Razorbacks to hold Mississippi State to 42 points, Louisiana State University to 42 and 45 points, and Oral Roberts (second in the country in scoring - 84.4 ppg.) to 55 points. Eatman's toughness on defense coupled with Crawley's up-tempo offense (eighth best in the country, second in the ACC), should make Boston College a force.
"There was a connection, he spoke my language defensively, and I knew he would be a great fit for us here at Boston College. Tim has studied under three Hall of Fame coaches who are best known for their tough defenses. He is a seasoned coach, good at many things - especially recruiting," said BC Head Coach Sylvia Crawley.
While at Louisville, Eatman was a key in the team's three consecutive NCAA appearances and its first appearance in the Top 25. Eatman was also involved in the recruitment of Big East Player of the Year Angel McCaughtry, who later became a number one overall WNBA draft pick as well as 2009 WNBA Rookie of the Year. He also had the number two recruiting class in the nation in 1994 at Iowa and 12th ranked class in 1995.
A 1988 graduate of Talladega College (Alabama), Eatman has a bachelor's degree in chemistry. Eatman and his wife, Crystal, have one son, Tyler.