Northern Kentucky University - Staff Directory
Northern Kentucky University
Director of Athletics
Office: BOK 133F
Phone: (859) 572-5193
Dr. Scott Eaton
is entering his
fourth year as the director of athletics at Northern Kentucky University
assumed that role on July 27, 2009.
He serves as the direct sport administrator for men's and women's basketball while directing all aspects of the athletic department.
three years as NKU's director of athletics, the program has flourished and reached new heights in terms of community outreach, visibility and now, NCAA classification.
played a major role in the athletics program's reclassification to NCAA Division I status, a move that is expected to generate more exposure for NKU
and enhance the branding of the university.
spearheading the Division I effort and possible league affiliation, NKU
received an invitation from the Atlantic Sun Conference on Dec. 8, 2011.
The Norse, a power in Division II athletics the past two decades, begin competing in Division I this fall.
helped securing a partnership with nationally renowned Nelligan Sports Marketing this summer as NKU
begins its transition to Division I. NKU also launched a major capital campaign in conjunction with the move to Division I athletics under Eaton's watch.
Since taking the position, Eaton
has watched NKU
win the 2010 Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy and capture three consecutive GLVC Commissioner's Cup awards.
In addition, the NKU
men's soccer program won the NCAA Division II national championship in 2010.
It marked the first national title for a men's sport at NKU
The soccer national championship in 2010 coincided with the opening of the $6.5 million NKU Soccer Stadium.
played a key role in the design and building of the new facility, which enabled NKU
to move its games back to campus for the first time since 1998.
As a result of the move back to campus, NKU
ranked fourth nationally in attendance in 2010.
NKU student-athletes have also excelled in the classroom, as the 250 student-athletes achieved a record 3.10 cumulative grade point average in the spring of 2012, with 67 percent of all student-athletes achieving a 3.0 GPA or higher.
The athletics Web site implemented video highlights and interviews for the first time in history last season, another of the upgrades that have occurred during Eaton's
three years as director of athletics.
In addition, a re-launch of www.nkunorse.com will take place in August as NKU
moves to Division I.
Under Eaton's direction, NKU
began participating in the Adopt-A-Class
program two years ago, as Norse student-athletes and coaches adopted Newport Intermediate School
as part of that initiative.
Members of the NKU
athletics department took frequent visits to Newport Intermediate
as part of the Adopt-A-Class
program, a non-profit organization dedicated to pairing classrooms in underserved urban schools with area businesses and community groups.
also developed an Olympic Day for Newport Intermediate School
, as students visited the NKU campus and participated in many activities with coaches, student-athletes and staff.
athletics programs also gained unprecedented commercial radio coverage during the past two years on WQRT Real Talk (1160 AM).
NKU basketball made the move back to the AM side of the dial after spending the previous four years on WIOK (107.5 FM).
The move allowed listeners to enjoy the better strength of signal and additional promotional opportunities with the station.
Eaton has served on various NCAA committees during his career, including the women's basketball championships committee, the men's basketball rules committee, and the NCAA research committee.
also spearheaded the strategic planning for NKU's potential reclassification into Division I and played a major role in the university adding men's and women's track and field as varsity sports.
continues to work to enhance administrative and coaching positions at NKU
has upgraded many positions from part-time to full-time status and expanded several assistant coaches' and administrative positions.
Eaton's efforts also helped NKU
land the men's basketball NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the 2011-12 season.
hosted the event last March in The Bank of Kentucky Center
and the university received unprecedented national exposure as the championship game was televised live in CBS
Eaton has worked at NKU as an administrator since 1998 and served as the senior associate athletic director for administration prior to his appointment as director of athletics.
career at NKU
has played key roles in the academic, compliance, budget, event management and facility areas.
He also served as NKU's interim assistant vice president for student affairs from 2007-08.
Prior to NKU, Eaton worked at Brown University in Providence, R.I., as special assistant to the athletic director and assistant men's basketball coach.
Eaton graduated from Bowdoin College in 1986 after participating in basketball, lacrosse, cross country and track.
He later earned master's degrees from both Fitchburg State College and Springfield College before receiving his doctorate from Boston University.
wife, Kathy, have four children, Gregory, Michael, Shannon and Becca.