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Janet Eaton, Director of Athletics
The 2013-14 year will mark Janet Eaton's third season as Wiley College's Director of Athletics. A coaching veteran with more than 15 years of coaching and administrator experience, Eaton entered her first year on the Lady Wildcats staff in July 2008. Prior to Wiley College, Eaton worked at Lamar University out of Beaumont, Texas where she served as interim head coach.
Under Eaton's leadership, Wiley College has seen its prestige rise in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). During her short tenure, Wiley College has claimed two conference championships and sent one team the 2012-13 women's basketball team to the NAIA National Tournament. Eaton and her coaching staff were instrumental in landing the 2013 RRAC Men's and Women's Cross Country championships, which was awarded in April of 2013.
While serving as the interim head coach, she led the Lady Cardinals to the seventh position in the Southland Conference Tournament. Overall, Eaton's record as interim head coach was 2-3. Before coming to Wiley, Eaton served as assistant women's basketball coach at Lamar, as well as director of athletics and head women's basketball coach at Xavier Preparatory High School in New Orleans, La. While at Xavier Prep, she was named Metro Coach of the Year, Co-Catholic Coach of the Year and the Orleans Parish Coach of the Year. Eaton also guided her 2002 team to district, bi-district and regional championships.
Eaton spent 5 years at St. Bernard High School before accepting the job at Xavier Prep. She was coach of the year in 1998 and 1999, leading her team to district and bi-district titles in both years. In addition to coaching, Eaton's credentials include collegiate playing experience. From 1992-94, she played shooting guard under legendary Coach Mary D. Teamer at Dillard University. Originally from Eastabuchie, Mississippi, Eaton was a prep star at South Jones High School under Phillip James. She helped to lead South Jones to the 1988 Mississippi High School State Championship, completing the season with an undefeated 37-0 record.
Eaton earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Health and Physical Education from Dillard University in 1994. She also received a Master's of Education from the University of Phoenix in 2001. She has one son.