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Eric Eaton promoted

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Albany, N.Y. -- University at Albany men’s basketball coach Will Brown announced today that Eric Eaton has been promoted to associate head coach. Eaton recently completed his first season as an assistant coach with the UAlbany program. The Great Danes captured their first-ever America East Conference championship in 2005-06 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time with a 21-11 record.


UAlbany assistant coaches Pat Filien and Chad O’Donnell will take on additional duties. Filien will now handle player development and coordinate strength and conditioning, while O’Donnell will serve as recruiting coordinator. Jeremy Friel remains in his role as director of basketball operations.


Eaton previously was a member of Ralph Willard’s Holy Cross coaching staff from 2000-04. The Crusaders won the Patriot League championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament in three consecutive seasons. Prior to his appointment at Holy Cross, Eaton was an assistant coach for one year at Assumption College. In also worked at Anna Maria College from 1997-99 and was a volunteer assistant at UMass-Dartmouth.


A member of the UMass-Dartmouth Athletic Hall of Fame, Eaton played on three Little East Conference championship teams that reached the NCAAs in the mid-1990s.

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