South Carolina Promotes Andy Eaton to Assistant Coach
Eaton served as a volunteer assistant with the Gamecocks last season.
Columbia, S.C. – University of South Carolina swimming and diving has named Andy Eaton an assistant coach, head coach Jeff Poppell announced today. Eaton served as a volunteer assistant with the Gamecocks last season.
“We’re very excited to be able to promote Andy to a full-time assistant coaching role,” said Poppell. “From the first day Andy joined our program, he has been 100 percent invested in our student-athletes and their success both in and out of the pool. His technical knowledge of the sport, relentless work ethic, and commitment to aiding our team in any way possible have been both impressive and remarkable. I’m happy we had a position available to be able to keep him with us longer and have no doubts about his ability to continue helping us improve further as a program in the years ahead.”
Prior to South Carolina, Eaton completed two years as an assistant coach at Franklin & Marshall College. During his tenure, F&M had two of its best seasons in program history, with the men winning conference for the first time in 10 years and breaking almost every team record. Eaton was the primary coach responsible for the distance freestyle and the 200 and up stroke groups. He also helped coach the sprint group, which included two 2020 Olympic Trial qualifiers.
In 2019, Eaton volunteer coached with Emory University for a semester, during which the women won NCAA Div. III Nationals, and the men placed second. He primarily helped with the sprint group, including swimmers with times that would have qualified for NCAA Div. I Nationals.
As a swimmer at NCAA Division III Kenyon College, Eaton was a 24-time All-American who helped his team to four national championships. He graduated from Kenyon with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.