Lourdes University President Mary Ann Gawelek is pleased to announce the promotion of Janet P. Eaton to Vice President of Athletics. Earlier this year, Ms. Eaton was named the 2020-21 Terry Bocian Athletics Director of the Year for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC).
The Lourdes Gray Wolves Athletics program has achieved great success under Ms. Eaton’s leadership. She has earned the respect of her peers and is the first Lourdes AD and the second WHAC female administrator to win this prestigious conference award.
“I’m truly humbled by the promotion to Vice President of Athletics. I give all glory to God—He is great and worthy of praise! I would not be in this position if it weren’t for the Lourdes University administration and athletic staff, coaches and our student-athletes. I am committed to the community we serve and will ensure the student –athletes have a healthy experience during their time here at Lourdes.”–Janet P. Eaton, Vice President of Athletics.
A Strong Leader
During the 2020-21 season, Ms. Eaton led the athletics department through an ever-changing landscape that included having all 24 teams compete during spring semester. She also hosted the WHAC’s first ever wrestling championship. Her achievements this year include increasing Lourdes athletics staff to better serve student-athletes, developing a Coaches Workshop, creating new partnerships with regional businesses, increasing athletic fundraising by nearly $50K and securing a $10K grant to assist with facility renovations.
Eaton is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Women Leaders in College Sport. A strong advocate for diversity, she serves on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Respect Inclusivity Support Education (RISE) committee. She was also featured in the NAIA Black History Month celebration and BCSN’s Black History Month series.
A seasoned administrator, Ms. Eaton served as the Athletic Director for Wiley College, an NAIA Division I institution in Texas from 2011-2014. During her tenure at the historically black college affiliated with The United Methodist Church, she also served as Head Coach of Women’s Basketball, Associate Director of Athletics, and taught classes as an adjunct professor.
Prior to joining Lourdes University as the Athletic Director in July 2018, Ms. Eaton served as the Assistant Coach of Women’s Basketball (2014-18) at Indiana State University, a NCAA member institution. She served in the same role for Lamar University in Texas (2004-08).
Her education includes an associate degree from Jones Junior College in Mississippi, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dillard University and a Master of Education degree from The University of Phoenix, both in Louisiana.
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Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, and organizational leadership. The University also offers a master’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211.