Gordon Eakin Staff Bio | Softball Head Coach

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Gordon Eakin

Coach Eakin at a glance

  • Record of 483-223 (.684) entering his 13th year as head coach
  • USA National Team hitting coach in 2009-2010
  • Guided BYU to five Mountain West Conference championships in the team's last seven years in the conference (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) while never finishing lower than third in the conference
  • Also led BYU to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship in 2012 and the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Championship in 2013
  • Led BYU to the inaugural West Coast Conference Championship in 2014
  • Highest winning percentage in MWC history in MWC games (.750) and overall.
  • Selected Three times as the MWC Coach of the Year (2009, 2010, 2011), PCSC Coach of the Year (2013) and WCC Coach of the Year (2014)
  • Guided BYU to a No. 15 finish in both major polls in 2010
  • Named as the Coach of the Year in the 2008 Y Awards Ceremony
  • Led BYU to first-ever NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2010 and 11-straight NCAA tournament appearances overall
  • Coached 12 All-Americans
  • Coached 7 MWC Players of the Year, 1 WAC Player of the Year, 1 PCSC Player of the Year, 3 MWC Freshmen of the Year, 1 PCSC Freshman of the Year, 1 WCC Freshman of the Year and 2 MWC Pitchers of the Year
  • Coached 23 All-Region performers, 22 All-MWC performers, 3 All-WAC performers, 6 All-PCSC perfomers and 7 All-WCC performers
  • Guided BYU to top-ten national finishes in slugging percentage six times, home runs per game six times, batting average four times and scoring four times
  • Coached two players who would go on to play professionally, including MWC Player of the Year Angeline Quiocho who finished first in the nation in home runs per game and RBI per game in 2010 

Coaching Experience

  • BYU Head Coach(2002-Present)
  • BYU Assistant Coach (2000-01)

Playing Career Highlights

  • Played baseball for the University of Utah
  • Played three years for the Oakland Athletics organization
  • Played in three US Olympic sports festivals winning a bronze medal (1986), silver (1993) and gold (1994)
  • Named to the ISC All-World First Team and was an ASA All-American
  • Played shortstop on the internationally ranked Larry H. Miller Toyota Fast Pitch team
  • Inducted into the Utah Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in 1998

Hometown

Holladay, Utah

Personal

  • Wife: Barbi
  • Children: Alicia, Ryan & Parker
  • Gordon and Barbi have five grandsons
Coaching Statistics
Year Overall Record Conference Record Conference Finish NCAA Tournament Record
2003 36-17 10-7 3rd/MWC -
2004 34-18 11-8 3rd/MWC -
2005 45-14 16-2 1st/MWC 1-2
2006 43-22 15-5 2nd/MWC 1-2
2007 43-20 16-4 1st /MWC 2-2
2008 44-20 14-6 2nd/MWC 1-2
2009 40-18 12-2 1st/MWC 1-2
2010 46-13 12-3 1st/MWC 3-2
2011 40-18 11-2 1st/MWC 2-2
2012 45-15 15-4 1st/WAC 2-2
2013 33-25 19-5 1st/PCSC 0-2
TOTAL (11 seasons) 449-200 (.671) 151-48 (.759) - 13-18 (.419)

 

Gordon Eakin

BYU head coach Gordon Eakin entered his 12th season as the Cougars’ head coach and his 14th season at BYU overall in 2013.

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 five Mountain West Conference championships, one Western Athletic Conference tournament championship and eight NCAA tournament appearances.

The MWC Coach of the Year three straight years (2009, 2010, 2011) and PCSC Coach of the Year (2013) Eakin has coached eleven 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.

In 2010, Eakin guided the Cougars to 46 wins, the most in school history, 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 five grandsons.

Coaching Statistics
Year Overall Record Conference Record Conference Finish NCAA Tournament Record
2003 36-17 10-7 3rd/MWC -
2004 34-18 11-8 3rd/MWC -
2005 45-14 16-2 1st/MWC 1-2
2006 43-22 15-5 2nd/MWC 1-2
2007 43-20 16-4 1st /MWC 2-2
2008 44-20 14-6 2nd/MWC 1-2
2009 40-18 12-2 1st/MWC 1-2
2010 46-13 12-3 1st/MWC 3-2
2011 40-18 11-2 1st/MWC 2-2
2012 45-15 15-4 1st/WAC 2-2
2013 33-25 19-5 1st/PCSC 0-2
TOTAL (11 seasons) 449-200 (.671) 151-48 (.759) - 13-18 (.419)