Article courtesy of Lindenwood Wood University
On Tuesday, Lindenwood Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Jason Coomer named Amy Eagan the next head coach of the women’s basketball program on Tuesday, March 28, 2023.
“I want to thank Lindenwood University President Dr. Porter and VP of Athletics Jason Coomer for trusting me with this amazing opportunity,” said Eagan. “I also want to give a very special thank you to Drury University, the community, and all the coaches and players that I have coached in the past. None of this is possible without you.”
Eagan arrives in St. Charles, Mo. after spending three seasons as the head coach of Drury University women’s basketball. Eagan completed her 14th season as a collegiate head coach, as she had stops at Truman State, Ashford, and St. Ambrose.
“Today is an exciting day for our institution, department and women’s basketball program,” said Coomer. “After an extensive search that featured tremendous interest in the position, it was clear that the right and best candidate was only a few hours away. Coach Eagan is a proven winner as demonstrated throughout her career as a student-athlete, coach and mentor. We are thrilled that she will be bringing her exciting style of play to St. Charles as this will certainly be intriguing to players and fans alike.”
Eagan brings a career mark of 274-151 (.645) to Lindenwood, including four-straight seasons of 23 or more wins. Eagan has led three schools to the NCAA Division II tournament for a total of five appearances, as well as one NAIA tournament appearance. Eagan has claimed five conference titles in her 14 years, including three-straight.
“From my first contact with Dr. Porter and Mr. Coomer, it was very apparent that there is a commitment to excellence, a commitment to winning, and a commitment to the student-athletes and their graduation,” added Eagan. “Words cannot express my sincere gratitude and excitement to lead this program into this new era! I am committed to ensuring that these young women are champions on the floor, in the community, and in the classroom.”
In three years at Drury, the Panthers went an impressive 87-9 under the leadership of Eagan. The Panthers won the GLVC Championship in all three seasons, and appeared in the NCAA Tournament each year. Eagan was named the 2021 WBCA NCAA Division II Coach of the year. The Panthers were the 2021 National Runner-Up, as they garnered the NCAA Division II and GLVC Player of the Year. Eagan earned GLVC Coach of the Year honors this past season, while four of her student-athletes earned all-conference recognition. In all, Eagan has coach 13 all-GLVC selections while with the Panthers.
Before her stint in Springfield, Mo., Eagan coached the Truman State Bulldogs for six years. From 2013-2019, the Bulldogs went 111-62, as Eagan is the all-time leader in wins at Truman State. Eagan led Truman State to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, along with a GLVC title in her first year in Kirksville, Mo. Eagan spent three seasons at Ashford, collecting a record of 28-63. Eagan began her coaching career in 2005 at St. Ambrose, where she went 48-17 with a MCC Championship and a NAIA Tournament appearance in two seasons. Eagan earned 2007 MCC Coach of the Year honors in just her second season as a collegiate head coach.
Eagan was a standout student-athlete at Truman State, where she left as the all-time leader in assists (529), steals (328), and steals per game (3.3). Eagan ranked fourth at Truman with her 1,527 career points as a Bulldog. During the 1998-99 season, Eagan set the school record for points in a game with 46, and was later named honorable-mention All-American. After her collegiate career, Eagan moved on to play professionally in Norway. In 2012, Eagan was inducted into the Truman State Hall of Fame.
With roots deep in the state of Missouri, Eagan earned all-state honors while playing at South Shelby High School in northeast Missouri. Eagan earned her bachelors in exercise science from Truman State in 2001, before collecting a master’s in organizational management from Ashford in 2012.