|Born||March 23, 1918|
|Died||March 14, 2007 (aged 88)|
|1938–1939||Black Hills State|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Black Hills State (line)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|1970–1980?||Green Bay Packers (dir. of player pers.)|
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 MIAA (1950–1951)
3 WAC (1966–1968)
Lloyd W. Eaton (March 23, 1918 – March 14, 2007) was an American football player, coach, and executive. He served as the head coach at Alma College (1949–1955), Northern Michigan University (1956), and the University of Wyoming (1962–1970), compiling a career college football record of 104–53–4. Eaton then worked as the director of player personnel for the NFL's Green Bay Packers.
Growing up in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, Eaton was an outstanding football, track, and boxing athlete at Belle Fourche High School. After High School, he graduated from Black Hills State Teachers College where he played end and became captain of the team in his junior year. He remained at Black Hills after graduation, becoming the line coach there for one year.
Eaton then coached football at DuPre High School for several years leading up to his service in World War II.
Following the War, he returned to coaching at Bennett County High School in Martin, South Dakota, and then earned a master's degree at the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, he coached the 150-pound football team.
He began doctoral studies at Indiana University, then moved on to coach football at Alma College in Michigan. There his teams won the 1950 and 1951 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship titles, and he compiled a record of 40–20–2. His influence there was felt by player Denny Stolz, who later became a successful coach.
Eaton was a detail-oriented disciplinarian who made a name for himself by introducing new techniques that helped smaller defensive linemen. "[Smaller defensive linemen] became very popular as a result," recalled Paul Roach, Eaton's assistant at Wyoming. "I think this became somewhat of a springboard for him to be elevated as a head football coach, and he certainly had an outstanding career as a head football coach."
Eaton left Alma in 1956, and coached at Northern Michigan University for one year before. From 1957 to 1961, Eaton served as defensive line coach at the University of Wyoming, and in 1962, he succeeded Bob Devaney as head coach there. In that role, he became one of the university's most successful coaches, compiling a record of 57–33–2. His greatest success came in the 1966, 1967, and 1968 seasons. In those three years, the team posted back-to-back 10–1 seasons, including a 14-game winning streak from November 5, 1966 to January 1, 1968, then followed this by going undefeated through the 1968 regular season. His teams won the 1966 Sun Bowl and played in the 1968 Sugar Bowl.
Eaton was coach during the 1969 "Black 14" episode in which 14 Wyoming players were kicked off the team for planning to wear black armbands during a game against BYU. The players were protesting the racial policies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Before leaving Wyoming, Eaton had compiled a career record of 104–53–5 and was the 16th winningest major college coach to that time.
In 1970, the NFL came calling, and Eaton became the Director of Player Personnel for the Green Bay Packers and later served as the western regional director for the BLESKO player rating service of the NFL. In 1973, he was elected to the Alma (College) Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 1984 to the Wyoming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Eaton retired in the mid-1980s, and died at the age of 88 on March 14, 2007 in Nampa, Idaho.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Alma Scots (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1949–1955)|
|Northern Michigan Wildcats () (1956)|
|Wyoming Cowboys (Western Athletic Conference) (1962–1970)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
| #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll. |
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
|This article does not cite any references or sources. (May 2009)|