Women’s soccer coach Eaton leaves Clarion for Lock Haven

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Clarion University athletics will now have to fill two head coaching vacancies.
Women’s Soccer head man Rob Eaton is leaving Clarion to become the next women’s soccer head coach at Lock Haven University, a position that has been open for the last seven to eight months.
“It was not an easy decision,” Eaton said,.“Going home is a big pull factor, but leaving what we’ve been able to build here has been a big tug of war.”
Eaton was chosen out of four final candidates for the job.
Each of the four candidates held open forum sessions on campus as part of their interview process.
Eaton’s open forum took place on April 1.
Lock Haven is also his alma mater, having graduated in 1988.
Eaton also served a head coaching position as the men’s head coach from 1997-2002, where he was named PSAC Coach of the Year in 1997. Rob Eaton
During those five years as head coach, he led Lock Haven to a 53-32-6 record, including an impressive 28-8-4 PSAC record, finished as PSAC runner-up twice and trips to the PSAC semifinals in four of the five seasons.
Eaton completes a four-year stint at Clarion, coming off a 16-point season, which was the best in school history.
It was not a winning season however, but it was still something to build on for the future of the team.
“It would have been nice to have had that winning season,” Eaton reflected, “We certainly proved we can play with anyone in the conference.”
He also just brought in a promising recruiting class to help continue to build a winner; however, it still remains to be seen if some will leave.
But for now, all this year’s class are still scheduled to come to Clarion in the fall. “They were disappointed,” Eaton said, “At the same time, they know they are coming into a positive situation.”
And as irony would show it, Clarion is scheduled to play at Lock Haven for the home opener.
“It will again, be mixed emotions,” Eaton said. During his time at Clarion, Eaton always had a close relationship with his players, including a yearly tradition of carrying senior players off the field after they played their last game.
Ironically, the last time Eaton did this was against Lock Haven. “I wish them only but the best. I think they’re going to have a fantastic season,” Eaton said proudly, “I’m sure the program will continue to grow every year, and I’m really excited for them.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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