University of South Carolina Promotes Andy Eaton to Full-Time Assistant

by Riley Overend 9

May 27th, 2022 College, News, SEC

The University of South Carolina swimming and diving program has promoted Andy Eaton to a full-time assistant coach, head coach Jeff Poppell announced last Friday. Eaton, a former assistant at Franklin & Marshall, served as a volunteer assistant with the Gamecocks last season. 

“We’re very excited to be able to promote Andy to a full-time assistant coaching role,” Poppell said. “From the first day Andy joined our program, he has been 100% invested in our student-athletes and their success both in and out of the pool. His technical knowledge of the sport, relentless work ethic, and commitment to aiding our team in any way possible have been both impressive and remarkable. I’m happy we had a position available to be able to keep him with us longer and have no doubts about his ability to continue helping us improve further as a program in the years ahead.”

Eaton replaces Jeana Kempe, who left South Carolina last month to become the head coach at Illinois. Kempe typically gravitated toward coaching middle-distance and distance swimmers.

Eaton swam collegiately at Kenyon College, where he was a 24-time All-American while helping the Lords win four national championships at the Division III level. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, he volunteered as an assistant coach at D-III rival Emory, where he primarily worked with the sprint group for a semester in 2019. The women’s team won the national title, and the men placed second.

Eaton spent the next two seasons at F&M, which enjoyed two of its best seasons in program history during his brief tenure. The men’s squad took home its first conference title in a decade while snapping nearly every team record. Eaton worked with both distance and sprint groups, the latter of which featured a pair of 2020 Olympic Trials qualifiers in Chris Schiavone and Brendan Cline.

Last season, the South Carolina women placed 10th out of 12 teams. The men finished 10th among 10 teams. 

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Shwarma
1 month ago

Yeah, Eaton! Congrats!!

Kenyon is not near Uganda
1 month ago

Roots of the Jim Steen coaching tree run deep – Gregg Parini, Jon Howell, Arthur Albiero, Jessen Book, Josh White, Tom Rushton, Matt Kinney, Matt Miller, Ken Heis, Gwynn Harrison, Josh Everett, Fernando Rodriguez, Marc Christian, Kyle Berg, Jarrod Murphy, Tim Murphy….Congrats, Andy Eaton!

oxyswim
1 month ago

Eaton might very well be an awesome coach, volunteer coaching is a grind and generally I love to see someone moving from that role into a full time position. But how can you have your entire full time staff be men? 6 coaching spots and you couldn’t find one qualified woman?

15m
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

To be fair he did say qualified

oxyswim
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

My mistake. I went to their website to look at their staff and didn’t see any other turnover. Missed that hire.

iLikePsych
1 month ago

I’ve always wanted to have Scott Conant as my coach

Wondering Willie
1 month ago

So much for South Carolina climbing the SEC ladder

swim1092
Reply to  Wondering Willie
1 month ago

He’s a fantastic coach, don’t comment till you know.

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor in the …

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