Spring 2021 Magazine

NEW PODCAST: Jason Eaker, Oklahoma Baptist Men's Basketball Coach (Part 1)

THIS IS EPISODE 182 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Jason Eaker joined Oklahoma Baptist as the head men’s basketball coach in April 2018. Eaker, who spent one season in a Bison uniform before finishing his playing days at Hardin-Simmons University, grew up attending to OBU games. His father, Allen Eaker, is an OBU Athletics Hall of Famer who played on the 1966 OBU national championship basketball team.

Eaker came to OBU from Mercer, where he was an assistant coach beginning in 2013. He has 15 years of coaching experience, including nine years as an NCAA Division I assistant coach. He has been in the postseason six times with three different programs, and has recruited or developed 16 players that have earned All-Conference honors.

Eaker previously worked as an assistant coach at Liberty University from 2007-2013, after being director of basketball operations for the Flames from 2005-2007.

Eaker spent a year as Kelvin Sampson’s graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma in the 2004-05 season, and started his basketball staff career as a video coordinator at Texas Pan-American in 2003-04.

In Part 1 of our two-part conversation with Eaker, we learn about his coaching journey, what it meant to him to get his first head coaching job, his biggest adjustment going from assistant coach to head coach, what the grind of recruiting is like, and how his faith shapes the way he goes about his job.

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