Episode 187: Amy Eagan, Make Them Adjust To Us

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Guest: Amy Eagan, Drury University Head Coach

Drury University head coach Amy Eagan joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss how to make your opponent adjust to you.

Amy Eagan will enter her second season as the Drury Lady Panthers head coach in 2021-22 and her 13th year as a collegiate head coach.

Eagan was named head coach at Drury on April 13, 2020, after serving as an assistant coach for the Lady Panthers in 2019-20. While Eagan inherited a team that had gone 32-0 the year before, the squad graduated two All-Americans including the two-time NCAA-II Player of the Year, Hailey Diestelkamp.

She followed that season, working the challenges of a season clouded by the uncertainty of a global pandemic, with an NCAA-II Runner Up finish for the second time in program history. The won their fifth-straight Great Lakes Valley Conference championship, and finished 24-2. The team produced the NCAA-II Player of the Year for a third straight season as junior Paige Robinson was voted as the nation’s top player, and Eagan was named the national Coach of the Year in D-II by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

The Lady Panthers also produced seven Academic All-GLVC performers, and won a GLVC Team Academic Award. Paige Robinson was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, and was named the GLVC Student-Athlete of the Year in women’s basketball.

She will enter this season with a career record of 211-144 (.594). Eagan has been the head coach of teams that have reached three NCAA-II tournaments, one NAIA tournament, and have won three conference championships (two GLVC titles, 2021 with Drury, 2014 with Truman St., and a Midwest Classic title at St. Ambrose in 2007).

Eagan came to Drury after a successful tenure as the head coach at Truman State. In six seasons with the Bulldogs, she became the program's all-time leader in career coaching wins and winning percentage posting a mark of 111-62 (.642).

Breakdown

1:00 - Expectation on Molly Miller Leaving

3:00 - Relationship-based

7:30 - Roles

11:00 - Blending Style

14:00 - Building Offense and Defense

18:00 - Balancing the Floor

21:00 - Transition Fundamentals

23:00 - Benefits of Crossing the Nail

27:00 - Set Spots on Initial Transition

32:00 - Dribble Drive

35:00 - Adjustments to the Game

39:00 - Value of Personal Growth

42:00 - Buy-In

45:00 - Advice on Coaches

47:00 - Conclusion

Amy Eagan’s Bio:

Bio: https://drurypanthers.com/sports/womens-basketball/roster/coaches/amy-eagan/1868

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmyEagan

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