United States Sports Academy alumna Andrea Eaton, a former college and semi-professional basketball player, has been named director of fitness and aquatics for the University of Denver’s athletics and recreation department.
As director of fitness and aquatics, Eaton is responsible for the overall operations of the Coors Fitness Center and the El Pomar Natatorium on the University of Denver campus.
“I am incredibly excited to be part of the Pioneer family and I am looking forward to the university setting,” Eaton said. “Everyone has been extremely helpful and friendly.”
Originally from West Virginia, Eaton previously served as general manager at Sports and Wellness fitness center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
She received her undergraduate education in sports medicine at Wingate University in North Carolina. She also earned dual Master of Sports Science degrees in Sports Management and Sports Coaching from the United States Sports Academy in 2002. She said the Academy’s flexible online options allowed her to pursue two master’s degrees at her own pace.
“I was able to obtain two master’s degrees simultaneously because of the online options,” Eaton said. “I couldn’t have done it so efficiently without the online option. My passion has always been in athletics and fitness, so the Academy was the perfect fit for me as a launching pad to a career in the field.”
Eaton said the Academy’s sports only education allowed her to gain the experience necessary to further her career in the world of sport, including helping her to secure a mentorship at Western New Mexico University.
“The Academy allowed me to gain experience at the collegiate level through the mentorship program,” she said. “I did my mentorship at Western New Mexico University and I knew at the time that I wanted to work in the collegiate field.”
According to Eaton, her education at the Academy helped her to achieve what she called her greatest accomplishment to date: being hired by the University of Denver.
“Obtaining the director of fitness and aquatics position is a fantastic accomplishment,” Eaton said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the public as well as the university staff and student population. There is nothing more rewarding than having the opportunity to have a positive impact on the world around me.”
As a college basketball player at Wingate University, Eaton played for a Bulldogs’ team that advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA basketball tournament twice. She set a conference record for most three-point baskets made in a game.
After playing one year of semi-professional basketball for the North Carolina Stars, Eaton coached basketball at both the collegiate and high school levels. She coached at Coker College and Queens College as a volunteer coach and was an assistant coach at Western New Mexico University for two seasons. She then coached at Manzano High School in Albuquerque for three seasons.
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