Eads to retire as head coach of women’s basketball program at Missouri S&T

Alan Eads, who has won more games as the head coach than any in the history of the Missouri S&T women’s basketball program, is retiring from the position effective June 30, 2020.

Eads has served as the head coach of the Miners since 2002 and led the team to 219 wins during his 19 seasons at the helm.  Included in his tenure were two trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament, as the Miners made the field in 2008 and 2011 and captured a share of the Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division title in 2011.

“We appreciate Alan’s years of dedication to the program and wish him the very best in his retirement,” said Missouri S&T director of athletics Mark Mullin.  “We look forward to him continuing to cheer on the Miners in the future.”

The 2007-08 season was the best season in program history, as the Miners finished with a record of 24-7 and made the championship game of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional, where it lost to eventual national champion Northern Kentucky.  S&T beat Michigan Tech and Quincy to reach the title game of that tournament, then returned to the regional three seasons later where it fell in the opening round to Wisconsin-Parkside.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with the student-athletes that we’ve had in the program,” Eads said.  “We had a lot of good players and teams throughout the years and it was fun and enjoyable throughout that time.  It’s just time to move on.”

Under Eads, the Miners reached the GLVC Tournament in each of its first nine seasons in the conference after not making a conference tournament in the six seasons that preceded it.  The Miners also had their first two 20-win seasons in program history under his direction, as S&T finished the 2010-11 campaign with a 20-8 record.

The search to fill the position will begin immediately.

Story Courtesy: John Kean, MS&T Sports Information Director

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