Dec. 14, 2011
Kevin Anderson, director of athletics at the University of Maryland
Eaton served under Anderson while at Maryland
"Western Carolina has found an excellent person in Randy Eaton; he will do a great job as the director of athletics. In Randy, you get someone with both expertise in college athletics and a person who really cares about the student-athletes. We wish Randy every success in his new position at Western Carolina."
Deborah A. Yow, director of athletics at North Carolina State University
Eaton served with Yow when she was director of athletics at Maryland
"Randy Eaton is a high-energy and results-oriented professional, held in high esteem by his peers."
Joe Hull, director of athletics at the College of Charleston
Eaton worked alongside Hull while he was the senior associate athletic director at Maryland
"Several things stand out to me about Randy. First and foremost, he cares about the student-athletes. He wants them to have a great experience on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Second, he understands the financial aspects of intercollegiate athletics. He knows how to get value for the resources invested in the athletics program. Finally, he likes people and is good at building meaningful relationships. Congratulations to Western Carolina University."
Missy Meharg, head women's field hockey coach at the University of Maryland (2010 and 2011 NCAA Division I National Champions)
Eaton served as the women's field hockey sport supervisor with Meharg at Maryland
"It is simple. Randy Eaton is honest, fair, intelligent and tolerant. He regards coaches and players first as it pertains to the academic and athletic goals within the athletic business model. Randy has had such a variety of cultural and athletic experiences, which make him a great communicator from player and parents to faculty and university administrators. Randy thinks ahead and reads situations very well before acting; but when he does, he gets things done. He has been an honor to work with and on behalf of our most recent NCAA champions, he is a pro."
Cathy Reese, head women's lacrosse coach at the University of Maryland (2010 NCAA Division I National Champions)
Eaton served as the women's lacrosse sport supervisor with Reese at Maryland
"It is hard to even imagine the University of Maryland without Randy Eaton. He is super supportive of our student-athletes in all that they do. First and foremost, everything is about the student-athlete and what is best for them. He recognizes that the decisions that we make as administrators and coaches are for the student-athletes, as they are the reason that we are here. That is his philosophy and how he proceeds with every decision. Everyone at Western Carolina will grow to love him."
Brenda Frese, head women's basketball Coach at the University of Maryland (2006 NCAA Division I National Champions)
Eaton served as the women's basketball sport supervisor with Frese at Maryland
"Randy is a great hire who I worked directly with on a daily basis. We will miss him immensely. He had a tremendous impact on every student-athlete and coach. His years of experience will allow him to make great decisions for Western Carolina's future."
James Franklin, head football coach at Vanderbilt University
Eaton worked alongside Franklin when he was the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach at Maryland
"The biggest thing about Randy is that he is a first-class guy with tremendous experience. He is one of those I've worked with in college athletics that gets it. He understands college athletics, revenue and non-revenue sports and how to make them co-exist. He is a guy that will represent the athletic department and the university very well. I enjoyed my time with him, and wish him nothing but the best. I think Western Carolina has hired a great one."