She was the choice of both veteran and incoming players, and now she’s also the choice of the administration.
Amy Eagan has been named the new head coach of the Drury Lady Panthers.
“I am thrilled that coach Eagan will be the next head coach of the Lady Panthers,” DU Director of Athletics Corey Bray said in a statement. “When she came to Drury last summer, she brought great experience as a head coach that contributed to her serving as an integral part of the success the program achieved this past season. That previous head coaching experience, combined with her experience on coach Miller’s staff this past season, has set the stage for her future success leading the Lady Panthers program.”
Eagan, an assistant coach last season during the Lady Panthers’ undefeated season and #1 ranking, had previously been a head coach at Truman State. Under her reign at Truman State, the Bulldogs had three 20-win seasons and a trip to the NCAA-II tournament.
In addition to the success on the floor, Eagan’s teams had a 100 percent graduation rate and a collective 3.4 grade point average as a team.
“I want to thank Drury University President Dr. Cloyd, Director of Athletics Corey Bray, and the Board of Trustees for this amazing opportunity,” Eagan said in a statement. “Words cannot express my sincere gratitude and excitement to lead this storied program into the future. I am blessed to become a part of the rich tradition of the Drury Lady Panther basketball program. Getting to know the players, boosters, and the Drury community this past year is why I am thankful to make this program my home. I am committed to ensuring that these young women are champions on and off the court. I also want to give a very special thank you to Molly Miller for what she has done for this program and myself. She will always be a part of us as her legacy in this program will carry on.”
Several members of the current Lady Panthers roster, including juniors Kelsey Winfrey and Lauren Shipley, had called for the University to name Eagan the new coach. Carl Junction star Katie Scott, Miss Show-Me Basketball 2020, who had said she would be playing for Drury also called on social media for Eagan to get the position.