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Assistant Coach Janet EatonJanet Eaton  |  Assistant Coach

Janet Eaton is in her third season on staff as an assistant coach for the Indiana State women’s basketball team. 

At Indiana State, Eaton acts as the team’s recruiting coordinator and leading the Sycamores’ community service efforts. In her short time with the Sycamores, Eaton has organized over 150 community service hours each year at a variety of Wabash Valley organizations.

During her second year with the program, Indiana State saw two earn MVC Scholar Athlete accolades in Kelsey Dirks and Rhagen Smith and an All-MVC Honorable Mention selection in Cierra Ceazer. A team made up of primarily newcomers, Eaton helped redshirt sophomore Ashley Taia finish second in points per game (9.0) as she picked up three MVC Newcomer of the Week awards while freshman guard Tierra Webb appeared in all 30 games in a reserve role for the Sycamores.

In her first season, Eaton helped the Sycamores to a 17-13 overall record including a 10-1 non-conference performance tying the best in school history. Wins against non-conference foes included a win at Big 10 Indiana and the program’s first win over a ranked opponent when it defeated No. 25 St. John’s on its home court.

Eaton arrives in Terre Haute after serving five years as the first-ever female Director of Athletics at NAIA Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. A coaching veteran with more than 15 years of coaching and administrator experience, Eaton worked with Wells at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where she served as interim head coach.

Under Eaton's leadership, Wiley College was a perennial powerhouse the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) and NAIA. She was named the RRAC’s Athletic Director of the Year in 2013-14, selected in a vote by her 12 athletic director peers. During her time at Wiley, Eaton helped the addition of two sports to the Wildcats program with men’s soccer (2011) and women’s soccer (2012).

During the 2012-13 season, Wiley sent five teams to NAIA Tournaments including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field and men’s cross country. Eaton and her coaching staff were instrumental in landing the 2013 RRAC Men's and Women's Cross Country championships and women’s basketball conference tournament in 2013-14.

Under her direction, the men’s track and field team earned the NAIA Champions of Character award and the RRAC GPA award, awarding Wiley for achieving the highest collective GPA in the conference.

Before coming to Wiley, Eaton served as assistant women's basketball coach at Lamar, including a brief stint at interim head coach while working alongside her now boss in head coach Joey Wells. She also served as director of athletics and head women's basketball coach at Xavier Preparatory High School in New Orleans, La. While at Xavier Prep, she was named Metro Coach of the Year, Co-Catholic Coach of the Year and the Orleans Parish Coach of the Year. Eaton also guided her 2002 team to district, bi-district and regional championships.

Eaton spent five years at St. Bernard High School before accepting the job at Xavier Prep. She was coach of the year in 1998 and 1999, leading her team to district and bi-district titles in both years. In addition to coaching, Eaton's credentials include collegiate playing experience. From 1992-94, she played shooting guard under legendary Coach Mary D. Teamer at Dillard University. Originally from Eastabuchie, Mississippi, Eaton was a prep star at South Jones High School under Phillip James. She helped to lead South Jones to the 1988 Mississippi High School State Championship, completing the season with an undefeated 37-0 record.

Eaton earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Health and Physical Education from Dillard University in 1994. She also received a Master's of Education from the University of Phoenix in 2001. She is a proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and is actively involved in the Bloomington (IN) chapter.

She resides in Terre Haute and has one son, Jeurod.

 

Assistant Coach Evan DoddEvan Dodd  |  Assistant Coach

Evan Dodd was elevated to an assistant coach of Sycamore women's basketball in May of 2017.

"I'm extremely grateful to coach Wells for giving me this opportunity," Dodd said. "Getting back on the court and into a coaching position is something I've been striving for and I'm excited to get started with this great coaching staff and talented group of student-athletes."

Dodd is very familiar with the team after serving as a graduate assistant for the past two seasons, focusing mainly on video but also handling operation duties as well for the Sycamores. In his new role, he will oversee team camps, recruit and work primarily with post players.

“I could not be more excited to announce Evan Dodd as our new assistant coach for Sycamore Women's Basketball,” Wells said. “He’s been with us for nearly six years now as a practice player and a graduate assistant most recently. I know it was something that he's been striving towards and he's been tremendous behind the scenes for us."

"His drive and his work ethic are really going to be beneficial for us," Wells said. "He also has great relationships with the players. We're really, really excited about this opportunity."

A high school basketball standout, Dodd played two seasons at Hauser High before playing his final two seasons at state powerhouse Columbus North. In his career, he scored over 1,000 points and was a four-time all-conference selection and three-time all-area honoree.

As a senior at Columbus North, Dodd averaged 14.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.1 blocks per game and led the Bulldogs to sectional appearances in his two seasons. He was a named to the North/South All-Star game and was one of Hoosier Magazine’s Top 60 seniors in 2011.

Dodd graduated from ISU in May 2015 with a degree in physical education with a minor in sport management. He earned his master’s degree in sport management in 2017 and resides in Terre Haute.

 

Director of Operations Darion HutchinsonDarion Hutchinson  |  Director of Operations

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