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OFFICIAL: Eacho named head basketball coach at Mary Baldwin

Follow-up to something I mentioned on June 19th (D3 DIRT). Millersville assistant Daniel Eacho has officially been named head basketball coach at Mary Baldwin University. Here is the school’s press release:

Mary Baldwin University is proud to announce the appointment of Daniel Eacho as the new head coach for the Fighting Squirrels men’s basketball program.

Eacho joins MBU after spending the past three seasons as associate head coach at NCAA Division II Millersville University. During his tenure, the Marauders compiled a 68-25 record, won their division title twice and advanced to the national championship tournament twice.

“First, I would like to thank Tom Byrnes, Christy Shelton and the rest of the search committee for the
opportunity to be the next leader of the Mary Baldwin men’s basketball program,” said Eacho. “I would also like to thank my family, friends and mentors for their major role in my coaching journey.”

“Daniel Eacho inherits a program that has achieved tremendous progress and success in three seasons under the leadership of the first head coach in team history. Matt Griggs” said athletics director Tom Byrnes.

In the third varsity season, the 2023-24 Fighting Squirrels posted a 17-11 overall record and won the USA South Athletic Conference regular season and postseason championships. They were MBU’s first championships in 15 years as members of the USA South Athletic Conference. The team advanced to the 2024 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, MBU’s first NCAA team appearance in 18 years.

“While we thank Coach Griggs and wish him the best in his career, we also look forward to working with Coach Eacho, who emerged from an excellent pool of highly qualified candidates,” said Byrnes.

“Throughout the process, it became clear to me that Mary Baldwin University is a special place,” Eacho said. “My family and I are excited to be part of this close-knit community. I look forward to working with the young men of the men’s basketball program and helping them grow, not only as basketball players, but as student-athletes in the classroom and in the community.

“In its short existence, the MBU men’s basketball program has built a foundation for success. I can’t wait to build on that foundation and lead the program to new heights,” said Eacho.

He received his bachelor’s degree in 2015 from Roanoke College, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.58, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science and history. Eacho also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Salisbury University in 2019.

Eacho’s playing career for the NCAA Division III Maroons included two seasons as team captain and he was named to the all-conference team twice. He was also a four-time member of the conference’s academic all-star team and was named the 2015 ODAC Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

He began his coaching career with one-year coaching stints at Hampden-Sydney College and Salisbury University before landing a full-time position at Hampden-Sydney in 2019. In three seasons, he served in various roles as an assistant, including recruiting players who went to the NCAA tournament in the first two years after moving to assistant coach at Millersville.

At Millersville, he helped recruit 16 scholarship players, including nine who earned conference-wide recognition. Other assignments included overseeing the players’ academic progress, the program’s logistical and financial operations, and fundraising activities.