Tim Eatman, a veteran coach and renowned recruiter with over 20 years of experience, joins the the Rutgers women's basketball staff for his second season in 2016-17.
Eatman has had prior head coaching experience at University of Illinois at Chicago and his alma mater, Talladega College, and most recently served as the recruiting coordinator at Rhode Island. He is also reunited with Coach Stringer, having served with the hall of fame coach during her final season at Iowa in 1994-95, putting together the nation's top ranked recruiting class.
Over the course of his career, Eatman has played a major role in bringing in 11 top 30 recruiting classes and was recognized by Lindy's Magazine as the nation's top recruiter while he was at Iowa in 1994. Additionally, six of his former players have gone on to play at the next level in the WNBA and 13 have joined the coaching ranks.
Following his collegiate playing days, Eatman began his coaching career as the head women's coach at Talladega College, instantly turning around his alma mater's program. After posting an 0-26 record prior to his appointment, Eatman guided the Tornadoes to a 20-9 ledger in 1989-90.
Eatman made the move to the Division I level as an assistant coach at Mississippi State from 1990-92 and University of Houston from 1992-93. With the Cougars, he put together the No. 4 rated recruiting class in the country.
Joining Stringer at Iowa for the 1994-95 campaign, Eatman helped to construct the top-ranked recruiting class that featured the nation's top point guard, Nadine Domond, 1995 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Tiffany Gooden, and 1998 Big Ten Player of the Year, Tangela Smith.
Eatman had two stints at Kansas, serving as an assistant from 1996-98 and again from 2002-04. He helped the Jayhawks win the Big 12 title in 1997, reach the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1998 and was the position coach for Kodak All-American and first round WNBA pick, Tamecka Dixon, during the 1996-97 season.
In between his two turns as a member of the Jayhawks' staff, Eatman was at the helm of the Illinois-Chicago program. During his four seasons with the Flames, he brought in two top 20 recruiting classes and recorded the program's highest win total in seven seasons.
Eatman's career continued at Louisville from 2004-07, where he helped the Cardinals reach three-straight NCAA Tournaments and was involved in the recruitment of eventual BIG EAST Player of the Year Angel McCoughtry. He also spent four seasons as the associate head coach at Arkansas from 2007-2011. While with the Razorbacks, Eatman was the team's defensive coordinator as they set the school record for fewest points allowed in an SEC contest - 42 against Mississippi State.
Making the move to the Northeast, Eatman spent one season at Boston College, being elevated to interim head coach for the end of the 2011-12 season. He then joined head coach Daynia La-Force's staff at Northeastern in 2013 and followed her when she took over the top position at Rhode Island in 2014.
Eatman also has international experience. In 2010, he was the head coach for the Jamaican Senior Women's Team. The team got by Trinidad & Tobago to qualify for the 2010 FIBA-Americas Championship for Women and the Pan-American Games.
Eatman has served as a member of the programs planning committee of the Black Coaches Association in 2008 and is a participant in the BCA's ACE Program for Women's Basketball Coaches.
A 1988 graduate of Talladega College with a B.A. in chemistry, Eatman completed his Master of Sacred Literature in Christian Education from Louisville Bible College in 2008.
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Collegiate Playing Experience
1984 -- 1988 -- Talladega College
2014-2015 -- University of Rhode Island -- Assistant Coach
2013-14 -- Northeastern University -- Assistant Coach
2011-12 -- Boston College -- Interim Head Coach/Assistant Coach
2007-11 -- University of Arkansas -- Associate Head Coach
2004-07 -- University of Louisville -- Assistant Coach
2002-04 -- University of Kansas -- Assistant Coach
1998-2002 -- University of Illinois -- Chicago -- Head Coach
1996-98 -- University of Kansas -- Assistant Coach
1994-95 -- University of Iowa -- Assistant Coach
1992-93 -- University of Houston -- Assistant Coach
1990-92 -- Mississippi State University -- Assistant Coach
1988-90 -- Talladega College -- Head Coach
2010 - Jamaican Senior Women's Team -- Head Coach