Coach Eakin at a glance
- Record of 765-355 (.683) through 20 seasons as head coach
- USA National Team hitting coach in 2009-2010
- Coached Cougars to six-consecutive West Coast Conference championships, 11-straight conference championships spanning four conferences
- Guided BYU to five Mountain West Conference championships in the team's last seven years in the conference (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) while never finishing lower than third in the conference
- Also led BYU to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship in 2012 and the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Championship in 2013
- Led BYU to the inaugural West Coast Conference Championship in 2014
- Highest winning percentage in MWC history in MWC games (.750) and overall.
- Selected as the MWC Coach of the Year (2009, 2010, 2011), PCSC Coach of the Year (2013) and WCC Coach of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2021)
- Guided BYU to a No. 15 finish in both major polls in 2010 and a No. 21/20 finish in 2017
- Named as the Coach of the Year in the 2008 Y Awards Ceremony
- Led BYU to first-ever NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2010 and 16-straight NCAA tournament appearances (2005-2021)
- Coached 22 All-Americans
- Coached 15 Players of the Year (7 MWC, 1 WAC, 1 PCSC, 6 WCC), 10 Freshman of the Year (3 MWC, 1 PCSC, 4 WCC), 8 Pitchers of the Year (2 MWC, 6 WCC) and 3 Defensive Players of the Year (WCC)
- Coached 56 All-Region performers, 22 All-MWC performers, 3 All-WAC performers, 6 All-PCSC performers and 49 All-WCC performers
- Guided BYU to top-ten national finishes in slugging percentage six times, home runs per game six times, batting average four times and scoring four times
- Coached two players who would go on to play professionally, including MWC Player of the Year Angeline Quiocho who finished first in the nation in home runs per game and RBI per game in 2010
- BYU Head Coach (2003-Present)
- BYU Assistant Coach (2000-02)
Playing Career Highlights
- Played baseball for the University of Utah
- Played three years for the Oakland Athletics organization
- Played in three US Olympic sports festivals winning a bronze medal (1986), silver (1993) and gold (1994)
- Named to the ISC All-World First Team and was an ASA All-American
- Played shortstop on the internationally ranked Larry H. Miller Toyota Fast Pitch team
- Inducted into the Utah Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in 1998
- Wife: Barbi
- Children: Alicia, Ryan & Parker
- Gordon and Barbi have 10 grandchildren
|Year||Overall Record||Conference Record||Conference Finish||NCAA Tournament Record|
|TOTAL (20 seasons)||765-355 (.683)||251-63 (.799)||-||23-31 (.425)|
BYU head coach Gordon Eakin enters his 21st season as the Cougars’ head coach and his 23rd season at BYU overall.
Eakin was named head coach in July 2002 after working as an assistant coach since the softball program’s inception in 2000. Since that time he has led the Cougars to eight West Coast Conference titles, six Mountain West Conference championships, one Western Athletic Conference tournament championship and 15 NCAA tournament appearances.
He was named the MWC Coach of the Year in three-straight years (2009, 2010, 2011), PCSC Coach of the Year (2013) and WCC Coach of the Year for four-straight years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), also earning the honor in 2021.
Eakin has coached 15 All-Americans, 14 Players of the Year, including seven MWC, one WAC, one PCSC, nine Freshman of the Year, including three MWC and one PCSC, and seven Pitchers of the Year, including two MWC during his tenure. Since joining the WCC, he has coached six Players of the Year, six Pitchers of the Year, four Freshman of the Year and three Defensive Players of the Year.
He led BYU to one of its most successful seasons in 2017, reaching 46 wins, tied for the most in program history. The Cougars were ranked for 12 weeks of the season and had a program-best 22-game win streak.
In 2010, Eakin guided the Cougars to 46 wins, the most in school history at the time, as BYU advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time ever with wins over East Carolina and host Texas before ending its season at national runner-up Arizona. The Cougars finish second in the country in batting average, seventh in scoring and ninth in slugging percentage as a team last season.
Known as one of the best hitting coaches in the country, Eakin has helped BYU finish in the top-ten nationally six times in slugging percentage, six times in home runs per game, four times in batting average and four times in scoring.
In addition to his duties at BYU, Eakin has also been an assistant coach and the hitting coach for the USA National Team since 2009. In the summer of 2010, Eakin helped guide the National Team to a 17-2 record as USA won the World Championship in Venezuela, the World Cup in Oklahoma and the Japan Cup championship in Sendai, Japan.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Eakin was a successful baseball and softball player. After playing collegiate baseball at the University of Utah, Eakin signed with the Oakland Athletics organization where he played for three years.
Eakin went on to join the United States All-Star team, playing in three U.S. Olympic sports festivals in 1986, 1993 and 1994, winning bronze, silver and gold, respectively. While on the team, Eakin was honored on the ISC All-World First Team and was an ASA All-American. He would later go on to play shortstop on the internationally ranked Larry H. Miller Toyota Fast Pitch team, eventually earning induction into the Utah Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in 1998.
A native of Holladay, Utah, Eakin graduated from Granite High. He currently resides in Sandy, Utah, and is married to Barbi. They are the parents of three children (Alicia, Ryan and Parker) and have 10 grandchildren.