BYU head coach Gordon Eakin entered his 14th season as the Cougars’ head coach and his 16th season at BYU overall in 2016.
Eakin was named head coach in July 2002 after working as an assistant coach since the softball program’s inception in 2000. Since that time he has led the Cougars to four West Coast Conference titles, five Mountain West Conference championships, one Western Athletic Conference tournament championship and 14 NCAA tournament appearances.
He was named the MWC Coach of the Year in three-straight years (2009, 2010, 2011), PCSC Coach of the Year (2013) and WCC Coach of the Year for four-straight years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). Eakin has coached 12 All-Americans, seven MWC Players of the Year, one WAC Player of the Year, one PCSC Player of the Year, three MWC Freshmen of the Year, one PCSC Freshman of the Year and two MWC Pitchers of the Year during his tenure. Since joining the WCC, he has coached two WCC Freshmen of the Year, two WCC Defensive Players of the Year, three WCC Players of the Year and three WCC Pitchers of the Year.
He led BYU to one of its most successful seasons in 2017, reaching 46 wins, tied for the most in program history. The Cougars were ranked for 12 weeks of the season and had a program-best 22-game win streak.
In 2010, Eakin guided the Cougars to 46 wins, the most in school history at the time, as BYU advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time ever with wins over East Carolina and host Texas before ending its season at national runner-up Arizona. The Cougars finish second in the country in batting average, seventh in scoring and ninth in slugging percentage as a team last season.
Known as one of the best hitting coaches in the country, Eakin has helped BYU finish in the top-ten nationally six times in slugging percentage, six times in home runs per game, four times in batting average and four times in scoring.
In addition to his duties at BYU, Eakin has also been an assistant coach and the hitting coach for the USA National Team since 2009. In the summer of 2010, Eakin helped guide the National Team to a 17-2 record as USA won the World Championship in Venezuela, the World Cup in Oklahoma and the Japan Cup championship in Sendai, Japan.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Eakin was a successful baseball and softball player. After playing collegiate baseball at the University of Utah, Eakin signed with the Oakland Athletics organization where he played for three years.
Eakin went on to join the United States All-Star team, playing in three U.S. Olympic sports festivals in 1986, 1993 and 1994, winning bronze, silver and gold, respectively. While on the team, Eakin was honored on the ISC All-World First Team and was an ASA All-American. He would later go on to play shortstop on the internationally ranked Larry H. Miller Toyota Fast Pitch team, eventually earning induction into the Utah Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in 1998.
Eakin is a native of Holladay, Utah, and graduated from Granite High. He currently resides in Sandy, Utah, and is married to Barbi. They are the parents of three children (Alicia, Ryan & Parker) and have seven grandsons and one granddaughter.